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Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health Care Law and What It Means for Us All (Publicaffairs Reports) 1st Edition
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“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.”
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The first part of the book does a good job reporting the history of this legislative miracle. It culminated soon after Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senatorial seat and broke the Democrats filibuster proof majority. Thereafter, the Democrats pulled the nuclear option with the House approving the Senate bill, and then working out details in a separate budget reconciliation bill.
The preface to the next section clearly outlines the U.S. health care problems. Our former system was broken. Our health care costs are nearly twice as much as everyone else. Among OECD countries, we have by far the largest portion of our population uninsured. Every year, 700,000 Americans file for bankruptcy because of medical bills. And, over 22,000 die because of inadequate access to health care. Among our major trading partners those respective figures are zero and zero. Also, health care costs are growing far faster than the economy. Thus, they have risen from 5.4% of GDP in 1960 to 16.2% in 2007. This trend is not sustainable. While spending so much, our health care outcomes are bad relative to other countries as shown by preventable deaths per 100,000 and infant deaths per 1,000 live births (pg. 67).
The authors clarify complex issues with helpful visual aids. The timeline table (pg. 70) readily illustrates the complex phase-in of this legislation over the 2010-2014 period. The four tiers of coverage ranging from 60% of medical cost (bronze) to 90% (platinum) are well outlined (pg. 78).Read more ›
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This book contains the history of the attempts to implement national health care, it's numerous failures and it's finally passing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Andrew Olsen
A good read for anyone wanting an overview of the new health care laws.Published 18 months ago by Courier
Great deal. Just what I needed for school at a bargain price!Published 19 months ago by sandra nuss
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 on April 17, 2014 by Marilyn A.
First and foremost, while “Landmark” is over 250 pages, not all of it will be of interest to all audiences. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by JeremyCaney
This is a must read if you want to completely understand ACA. It is well written by the staff of the Washington Post.Published on February 23, 2014 by Marianne Bloom