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Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health-Care Law-The Affordable Care Act-and What It Means for Us All (Publicaffairs Reports) [Paperback]

by Staff of the Washington Post
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Book Description

April 27, 2010 1586489348 978-1586489342 1
The Washington Post’s must-read guide to the health care overhaul

What now Despite the rancorous, divisive, year-long debate in Washington, many Americans still don’t understand what the historic overh

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Editorial Reviews

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Everyday Health
“I have been perusing several resources to clarify the changes to health care and the benefits to the American people. The ones that have helped me the most are the April 5, 2010 issue of Time, the May 2010 issue of Money, and a new book written by the staff of the Washington Post: Landmark: The Inside Story of America’s New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All. This book is by far the best resource I have read to date. The table of contents reads like a Frequently Asked Questions list, and it covers every question you could possibly think of related to the new health-care reform.”
 
CHOICE, November 2010
Landmark is must reading for those impacted by the new law—everyone…Highly recommended.”

About the Author

Contributors from the Washington Post include: National Editor KEVIN MERIDA, Associate Editor STEVEN LUXENBERG, and staff writers CECI CONNOLLY and ALEC MACGILLIS. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Publicaffairs Reports
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586489348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586489342
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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125 of 133 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Overview of the Healthcare Bill May 24, 2010
Format:Paperback
I'm a family physician that has followed the healthcare reform debate closely, dating well back into the Democratic primary season when Hillary and Obama were duking it out, dating even as far back as the failed Bill and Hillary Clinton first attempt during Bill Clinton's presidency. I found Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law to give a much richer historical perspective, and to give a much better analysis of the actual impact that the bill is likely to have, than was available from the fragmented and sensational mainstream media coverage.

The book is a collection of essays written by Washington Post reporters, followed by the actual text of the bill. The essays in the book are far more analytical and informative than what was typically available throughout the somewhat histrionic coverage of Republican and Democratic maneuvering to respectively block or pass the eventual bill. One could have been left with the impression, when it was all over but the shouting, that the resulting bill was weakened to the point of being inconsequential from the point of view of reform, and enormous regarding eventual cost. Read Landmark, and you'll have a different opinion on both those points.

What was useful in the book? The many failed historical efforts to provide some form of national healthcare coverage go back over 100 years, a battle that until this last month stymied many presidents (including Teddy Roosevelt). The historical review alone made the book a worthwhile read for me. Secondly, the authors make a convincing case that, much in contrast to the typical media coverage, this bill represents a deep and broad change in the American approach to healthcare for its citizens, far more so than the Medicare and Medicaid legislation.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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This book gives the history of the work put into the passing of the new health care bill. Then it goes into explanations of how the new law works and tells the good and bad of each segment. Each writter put their own knowledge and research into their part of the book. It made me look at the new law with a more open and optimistic mind.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All (Publicaffairs Reports)

The book is well written and very easy to understand helping to clarify specific portions of the new Health Care Reform Law through the analysis of several Washington Post reporters. What is exceptional is that it contains the law itself so that anyone can read and see EXACTLY what this law does and does not do. With all the hype from so many sides this book and the actual law is a must read to understanding all elements of this reform. It is truly a "Landmark". I highly recommend it. I purchased this book through Amazon.com.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly biased, but still the best book available November 8, 2012
Format:Paperback
"Landmark" by the staff of the Washington Post is a great book for learning about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Naturally it is difficult to write such a book and maintain political neutrality, but "Landmark" is as reasonably unbiased a book as you'll find on bookshelves today. Some of my reasons for recommending this book include:

-This book includes two main sections: the first describes the process of the bill becoming law and the second is a description of what the new law will change. Both sections are thorough and miss none of the important portions of the law.
-It makes clear how the law will affect different groups. Young, working age, and old, male and female, poor and rich, are all given treatment in this book.
-Health care before the law is explained so that the reader can see how things have changed. This is especially important for people who (like myself) don't have a full understanding of how programs like Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP worked before the new law. Because the book explains where we're coming from, it is more clear where we are headed.

A few of the downsides of this book are:

-The authors constantly doubt many estimates, especially those done by the CBO, that suggest a potential problem with the new law. Although the book does give both sides of the debate their space, any official estimate that supports the new law is treated as undeniably true and any estimate that is critical of the benefits of the law is treated with undue skepticism.
-Some sections are confusing because the authors discuss various different plans that were proposed before explaining what ultimately passed. One example of this is how the law affects abortion providers.
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but nothing new May 12, 2010
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Much of this book is simply a summary of the events surrounding the passage of the health care legislation. There's not much new in the way of "insider" accounts (those books are forthcoming, I'm sure), and what appear to be enlightening passages is simply rehashed conventional wisdom (Rahm Emanuel like to curse, we get it). For people that didn't follow the process as it unfolded over the past year and half, this part of the book should prove interesting. The real utility of the book is its comprehensive summary of what's in the legislation and how it will affect different people.

I do have one major technical issue with formatting of the Kindle edition. The entire book is presented in brief one- or two-sentence paragraphs (much like a newspaper article) with a space between each paragraph. The spaces are very distracting, as if I'm reading a bullet list rather than a cohesive, flowing narrative. It makes for very halting, choppy reading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars The details of the Affordable Health Care Act
It gives the details of the act and is not very exciting to read. If you want to know exactly what it says, this book is for you.
Published 6 days ago by Marilyn A.
4.0 out of 5 stars A coherent summary and objective evaluation of Obamacare
First and foremost, while “Landmark” is over 250 pages, not all of it will be of interest to all audiences. Read more
Published 9 days ago by JeremyCaney
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
This is a must read if you want to completely understand ACA. It is well written by the staff of the Washington Post.
Published 1 month ago by Marianne Bloom
2.0 out of 5 stars Discard
Although the book was in good shape and I ordered it knowing it was a used book, I was upset when I got my book and it was one that had been discarded from a public library. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda Krider
1.0 out of 5 stars A poorly-written pack of lies, distortions and false promises
Really, this Democratic propaganda is filled with so many errors and distortions that it's amazing it passed editorial review and got published. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angelo Mysterioso
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Read
This book was very helpful during the time it took for the Affordable Care Act bill to pass. It is still an excellent source of reference. Read more
Published 11 months ago by yekaletta
4.0 out of 5 stars Great summary
I thought the book was an great summary of the legislation, and I thought it was excellent that it included the full text of the bill. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law
This is a fascinating read. It gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to make PPACA happen. Read more
Published 14 months ago by P. J. Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
A well written and researched chronicle of this important legislation. Allows the reader to understand just how their congressman or senator goes about doing his/her job.
Published 14 months ago by jayman5729
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfied!!
It arrived on time and looks like brand new to me. It is just as I expected it!! Very satisfied
Published 15 months ago by NEDGIE ARIS
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