"One need not agree with Hyman's critique of Medicare to see the merit of expressing pro-market criticism in easy-to-read satire. What's more (and unexpected), you can learn more about the relevant history of this important program in this book's clear account of its origins, structure, and financing than in scholarly tomes or the impenetrable babble of descriptions of Medicare's current reforms. A useful volume for Medicare backers as well as detractors." -- PROFESSOR TED MARMOR, Yale University, author of The Politics of Medicare
"I'd happily recommend [the book] to anyone with a basic grasp on health care and a desire to learn a bit more about Medicare. Hyman is a felicitous and fun writer, and he conveys an impressive amount of history and data in as accessible and absorbable a manner as one could hope. I know how tricky it is to make health care a quick and gripping read, and I tip my hat to anyone who is capable of enriching the debate and educating readers by doing so." -- EZRA KLEIN, The American Prospect
"Medicare is the single largest threat to limited government in my lifetime, and Medicare Meets Mephistopheles is the best book I have ever read on the subject. If you have ever had anything to do with Medicare, you will see yourself in this book." -- WILLIAM A. NISKANEN, Chairman, Cato Institute
"David Hyman breaks the mold by presenting the history and dismal future of Medicare with a combination of humor and persuasion. This book is a must read for anyone who is serious about understanding the coming entitlement crisis. Hyman's reward in the hereafter will be great." -- THOMAS R. SAVING, Public Trustee of Medicare Trust Funds and Director, Private Enterprise Research Center, Texas A&M University
"David Hyman proves that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. That road is a highway dubbed Medicare, and Hyman demonstrates that our good intentions are hastening our journey. He even offers some ideas for voiding our pact with the devil. Whether you ultimately agree or disagree with Hyman's philosophy, this is a fun and challenging read!" -- PROFESSOR LARRY J. SABATO, Director, University of Virginia Center for Politics, author of Divided States of America
"The book does a great job clarifying some complex Medicare law--the glossary and primer on Fraud and Abuse Laws alone are worth the purchase price." -- FRANK PASQUALE, Associate Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School
"A slim volume that revels some eternal - and perhaps internal - truths about America's version of the welfare state. Readers will remember Hyman's book every time a speaker at a conference remarks that 'the devil is in the details.'" -- PROFESSOR WILLIAM M. SAGE, University of Texas Law School.