America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and by Steven Brill

By Steven Brill


America’s sour Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed ebook on how the cheap Care Act, or Obamacare, used to be written, the way it is being applied, and, most vital, the way it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses within the healthcare undefined. It’s a fly-on-the-wall account of the monstrous struggle to cross a 961-page legislations aimed toward solving America’s greatest, such a lot dysfunctional undefined. It’s a penetrating chronicle of the way the profiteering that Brill first pointed out in his trailblazing Time journal conceal tale maintains, regardless of Obamacare. And it's the first whole, inside of account of the way President Obama endured to push during the legislation, yet then did not care for the workers incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation.
yet unintentionally America’s sour Pill finally ends up being a lot more—because as Brill was once finishing this e-book, he needed to suffer pressing open-heart surgical procedure. therefore, this additionally turns into the tale of ways one sufferer who thinks he understands every little thing approximately healthcare “policy” rethinks it from a health center gurney—and combines that perception along with his magnificent reporting. the outcome: a shocking new imaginative and prescient of the way we will repair American healthcare in order that it stops draining the financial institution money owed of our households and our companies, and the federal treasury.
Praise for America’s sour Pill
“A travel de strength . . . a accomplished and certainly livid advisor to the political panorama of yank healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking.”The ny Times
“An full of life, picaresque, narrative clarification of a lot of what has occurred within the final seven years of well-being coverage . . . [Brill] has pulled off whatever extraordinary.”—The big apple occasions e-book Review
“A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to because the ‘toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system.’ ”Los Angeles Times
“A sweeping and lively new booklet [that] chronicles the strangely juicy story of reform.”The day-by-day Beast
“One of an important books of our time.”—Walter Isaacson
“Superb . . . Brill has accomplished the possible impossible—written a thrilling publication in regards to the American health and wellbeing system.”The New York evaluate of Books

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Those who were out of work or in jobs that didn’t offer insurance had to face buying insurance on their own in the so-called individual market. The rates they faced were so exorbitant—typically approaching or exceeding $10,000 a year in 2007—that most couldn’t even contemplate buying it. ” In other words, the people who needed insurance the most—because they suffered from preexisting conditions—were locked out of the market. The second star in alignment had to do with the growing plight of people—particularly in low-wage jobs—who did have what they thought was health insurance but were not really covered when they faced a serious—or even not-so-serious but highly billable—medical issue.

If I lay on my stomach it seemed to be pushing down through the mattress. If I turned over, it seemed to want to burst out of my chest. When I pushed the button for the nurse, she told me there was nothing wrong. She even showed me how to read the screen of the machine monitoring my heart so I could see for myself that all was normal. But she said she understood. A lot of patients in my situation imagined something was going haywire with their hearts when it wasn’t. Everything was fine, she promised, and then gave me a sedative.

I didn’t care about the cost of the anesthesiologist, who the afternoon before had told me that her job was to keep my brain supplied with blood and oxygen during the three or four hours that they were going to stop my heart. Stop my heart? No one had told me about that. In the next part of the dream, the gurney and I are about to go through the doors to the operating room when off to the left side I see two cheerful women at a card table under a sign that proclaims “Obamacare Enrollment Center.

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