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Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know Paperback – October 20, 2010

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What Everyone Needs to Know

WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW About This Series

Who it's for:

Busy people with diverse interests, ranging from college students to professionals, who wish to inform themselves in a succinct yet authoritative manner about a particular topic.

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An incisive approach to a complex and timely issue, laid out in a straight-forward, question-and-answer format.

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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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Product Details

  • 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #945,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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These authors favor universal healthcare of a more extensive type than However, they are professionals and know the field.
. For a readable summary of what the law does and does not do and why it was passed as it was, this is excellent.
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The authors seem to be very supportive of the Affordable Care Act (ACA... aka "Obamacare"), but such potential bias does not diminish their coverage of the subject. This isn't just a book on healthcare, it's an incredible example of the general sausage-making process that goes on between the legislative and executive branches in D.C. Even for the many conservatives who oppose the ACA, this book is instructive to what can happen when bipartisan political compromise isn't achieved. The analysis of this book makes a very strong case that the ACA would/could have been much more palatable to conservatives had Republican congressmen not chosen to step away from bipartisan conversations as the bill was being drafted. Once Scott Brown was elected to the senate, Republicans felt they had won a decisive trump card against the ACA and so refused to continue participating. But instead of having succeeded in halting the bill, Republicans effectively provided a way for Democrats to pass a more liberal piece of legislation into law. Republicans probably had a better chance of avoiding the law as it now stands had they stuck in the game and pushed for more compromise. Instead they sat on the sidelines and made petty potshots against Democrats not reading the law. The extreme polarization of U.S. politics allowed Democrats a victory on the ACA, and unfortunately Republicans will not learn to compromise next time. Romney's campaign platform of "Repeal and Replace" proves that Republicans haven't learned the lesson of the benefits of compromise.

Political processes aside, this book is also a great resource for what the ACA means to individual Americans. For those who are open-minded and willing to learn what the law is and is not really about then this book will be very informative.
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