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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (February 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450764509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450764506
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Meeker is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a former research analyst at Morgan Stanley. Since beginning her career as a securities analyst in 1986, Mary has focused on emerging technology trends and companies. Her reports on Internet trends are widely read around the world. She has covered companies that have created more than 239,000 jobs over the past 24 years while the companies increased their collective market value by more than $800 billion. These companies include Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Adobe, Intuit, Electronic Arts, Activision, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, eBay, priceline.com, Google and Alibaba. Mary graduated from DePauw University. She also received an MBA from Cornell and a Doctor of Letters from DePauw.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gaetan Lion on March 30, 2011
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Starting with the great stuff. This Powerpoint-book conveys information visually. Long term trends jump at you immediately. I hope this is an emerging trend among nonfiction authors.

More specifically, this book conveys excellent information regarding the rising costs of Social Entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security) and health care costs. Medicare and Medicaid are the main causes why USA Inc incurs rising yearly Budget Deficits and has a negative net worth of $44 trillions. Social entitlements will consume 50% of the Federal Budget by 2018 (slide 250), 100% of the Federal Budget by 2080 (slide 270) and 100% by 2025 when adding net interest expenses (slide 441). The related health care costs are rising due to an aging population, expensive technology, and rising utilization.

The choice of corrective actions (increase in taxes and reduction in benefits) to render Social Security sustainable are modest (slide 255-265); but, the ones to shore up Medicare are draconian (slide 271-278). End of life care is exorbitant as last year of life accounts for 28% of all Medicare spending (slide 286). Returning Medicare and Medicaid to long term solvency will prove challenging. Reducing reimbursement rates to health care providers is tough since hospitals already incur net losses of - 9% of revenues for Medicare patients and - 12% for Medicaid ones (slide 300). Hospitals make up those losses by cost shifting to privately insured patients where they make up staggering profit margins of + 32%. This is one of the main causes of the health care crisis associated with skyrocketing insurance premium, employers dropping insurance coverage benefits, and a rising uninsured population.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy on March 2, 2011
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Outstanding research and work simplifying the gordion knot of the federal budget. When the intentionally obfuscated federal budget is put in such simple analytical terms, the conclusions are irrefutable - we are on a collision course with reality. Hopefully this book will become the "Common Sense" of our generation.

Timothy Burke
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Our finances are in less than good condition. The first step would be a easy to understand, full and fair accounting. The numbers that MM shows that we have committed ourselves to are stunning. The first step in dealing with them is to have them out in the open in all reports by governments at every level. MM does a very good job at a reasonably through first pass. The book is well written and can be understood by most readers.
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By Thomas L Roberts on January 19, 2013
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USA Inc should be required reading for all voters. A companion guide illuminating biz-speak would be helpful to many who are learning.
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