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What Everyone Needs to Know

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"Health Care Reform and American Politics provides great insight into what really happened on the road to health care reform. If you really want to know how the system works--and how it doesn't--this is the place to start."--Senator Al Franken
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  • Series: What Everyone Needs to Know
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (October 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199769125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199769124
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any area that is contended is ignored or presented as if the authors belief is the only side.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Health365 on November 25, 2010
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This highly readable book is a brilliant political analysis of health reform, beginning with a well-researched, detailed history of the Affordable Care Act and ending with a realistic assessment of the political forces amassed against it and a moderately optimistic view of the likelihood of its implementation. In between it offers an enlightening and objective description of the Affordable Care Act's impact on ordinary Americans. The wisdom and integrity of the two authors are reflected on virtually every page. The book's foray into health economics, arguably a stretch for political scientists, is nevertheless credible. Its legal analysis is generally on target, but not sufficiently detailed to satisfy experts in health law. Although highly factual, this book is more engaging than a good novel. My only problem with it is that I had difficulty putting it down.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By clever_pen_name on March 6, 2011
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American voters have become much too reliant on 30-second soundbites to inform them about critical issues. For this reason, we are easily manipulated by politicians who skillfully distort the facts for no other purpose than to keep themselves and their financial backers in power, at the expense of most citizens. This book explains exactly how this type of manipulation was perpetrated with regard to the health care reform debate; how it was overcome, resulting in passage of an Act that stands to benefit nearly all stakeholders; how it can be expected to continue as politicians try to prevent implementation of the Act (not for your benefit or even that of the insurance companies -- only for the benefit of the politicians themselves); and why citizens should get involved now in ensuring full implementation of the Act.

There might be some pro-Obama bias in the writing (mine, too). This is difficult for me to assess. Even if there is, this book is a great place to start in informing oneself about a critical issue facing all of us today. You can always read another one biased in the opposite direction to balance this one out.

Why is the topic of this book so critical? A recent poll showed that only 26% of those polled listed health care reform as a top priority. However, even if your employer currently provides you with health insurance at a cost to you that you find acceptable, you can expect your out-of-pocket costs to increase very dramatically in the near term if this act is not implemented. If, like me, you pay for your own insurance, you have already seen huge (in my case, 17%/year) increases in premiums over the past several years (and, importantly, not just since the vilified "Obamacare" was passed).
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Et in Arcadia ego on February 18, 2011
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Everyone should read this. It explains the Health care refrom bill without all the emotion and lies that surrounded its passing.Americans need to start reading more and stop listening to Radio talk show host or others, who just blow a lot of hot air for big ratings, and lots of money for themselves. This will give you the truth and facts.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DeBona on January 14, 2011
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Great read!!! excellent review of the American Healthcare Act and how it was passed; couldnt put it down till i completed it!!! in addition, it gives you a good introduction to the politics of legislation and gives you a behind-the-scene view of the political process!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Nerd on May 31, 2012
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This book basically tells the reader what we already lived through during the elections and quest for health care reform. I felt that some of the terminology was stereotypical by using certain words to illustrate the President. I also thought this book didn't add much in the form of information from a policy standpoint. This book is a regurgitation of the events that led up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act and filled with a whole lot of nothing new. If you truly want a detailed overview of healthcare reform, other than the passage of ACA, try Introduction to U.S. Health Policy: The Organization, Financing, and Delivery of Health Care in America, you will definitely get more bang for your buck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mezzok on January 23, 2014
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I am astonished that this book was published by the Oxford University Press, considering how poorly written and edited it is. The authors are professors and leaders in public policy/public affairs at their respective universities, but demonstrate no semblance of critical or objective thinking. In addition, the book waivers from good writing to poor writing, suggesting that the authors and their team each wrote various sections. The book really does not flow well and is poorly organized.

Here are a few of the examples of the truly ridiculous and inflammatory statements made in this book:

p.84: "...a ridiculous lie popular with angry right-wing activists..."
p.92: "Of course, private insurers did not want to lose...that pad their pockets..."
p.100: "Democrats, egged on by Republicans..."

Then at the beginning of Chapter 5, the authors can't seem to decide whether to use a baseball or football analogy as they meander back and forth (probably because neither of them knows anything about sports??).

Another crazy section was when the authors suggested that when the wealthy don't like their health insurance coverage, they can just "call up the CEO of their insurer" and demand a change!! How many of you readers out there have the phone number of any CEO, let alone the one that provides your health insurance.

This is one of the worst books on health care that I have ever read and am sorry that I wasted my time. The only reason I finished it was so that I could legitimately write this review.

Last, perhaps if these authors were writing this book today, they would think twice about some of the wonderful things they say about the health care law.
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