From Publishers Weekly
Former Senator Daschle, a key player in health care reform during his tenure, and leading journalist Nather (The New Health Care System) provide an insider's account of the negotiations that resulted in the passage of health care reform legislation. Unfortunately, Daschle is so careful to be fair and balanced, giving all involved, particularly those who oppose his views, so much credence, that his first-hand explanations are tedious and redundant rather than insightful and passionate. The ill-fated Public Option, for instance, is addressed in only five pages, during which Daschle both touts and dismisses its importance; its power, he says, was that it "combined elements of costs, quality, and access-the three broad problems that health care had to solve" and yet "it's easy to forget how few people ever would have dealt with it." Still, readers looking for an inside account of the process of drafting and passing health care reform will find much of interest here, but those seeking to understand the legislation itself should take note: Daschle only briefly covers provisions of the law itself. Readers interested in an accessible overview of the coming changes should read Nather's excellent recent effort.
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About the Author
TOM DASCHLE is a former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota. He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper and a member of DLA Piper's Global Board. Daschle is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a co-founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC, and the author of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis. He is on the board of directors for the National Democratic Institute, a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Daschle is married to Linda Hall Daschle and has three children and four grandchildren.
DAVID NATHER spent nearly a decade reporting on the politics of Congress and the White House as a senior writer for Congressional Quarterly. He has also covered health care policy in Congress for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., and lives with his family in Silver Spring, MD.