America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System (Unabridged‪)‬

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK • “A tour de force . . . a comprehensive and suitably furious guide to the political landscape of American healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking.”The New York Times 

America’s Bitter Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed book on how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. It’s a fly-on-the-wall account of the titanic fight to pass a 961-page law aimed at fixing America’s largest, most dysfunctional industry. It’s a penetrating chronicle of how the profiteering that Brill first identified in his trailblazing Time magazine cover story continues, despite Obamacare. And it is the first complete, inside account of how President Obama persevered to push through the law, but then failed to deal with the staff incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation.
But by chance America’s Bitter Pill ends up being much more—because as Brill was completing this book, he had to undergo urgent open-heart surgery. Thus, this also becomes the story of how one patient who thinks he knows everything about healthcare “policy” rethinks it from a hospital gurney—and combines that insight with his brilliant reporting. The result: a surprising new vision of how we can fix American healthcare so that it stops draining the bank accounts of our families and our businesses, and the federal treasury.
Praise for America’s Bitter Pill
“An energetic, picaresque, narrative explanation of much of what has happened in the last seven years of health policy . . . [Brill] has pulled off something extraordinary.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to as the ‘toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system.’ ”Los Angeles Times
“A sweeping and spirited new book [that] chronicles the surprisingly juicy tale of reform.”The Daily Beast
“One of the most important books of our time.”—Walter Isaacson
“Superb . . . Brill has achieved the seemingly impossible—written an exciting book about the American health system.”The New York Review of Books

Dan Woren
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January 5
Random House Audio

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Healthcare & Where Do We Go Next

The new Healthcare foundation has been laid in place by the stars alignment & with Ted Kennedy's powerful influential blessings to bring motion to the process. However, insurance premium cost remain the dire threat to the systems functionality. Pharmaceutical, hospitals, & medical devices close relationship with tax payer dollars should require equavalently close regulation to ensure those tax dollars are not being used at tax payers expense. Pharmaceuticals & hospitals need to find compromise with American tax payers until our healthcare costs equate to lower percentages of GDP compared to other nations.

Our world rankings in healthcare performance, life span (USA 36th), infant mortality, etc. need to surpass all other nations if our investment in healthcare is more than the top 10 nations after us combined. So the focus on healthcare now should be cost reduction, a grueling line by line analysis of how to reduce cost in a win / win negotiations & new regulations. Explore ideas such as encouraging hospital networks to offer their own insurance so their costs are in pure alignement with the insurer thereby increasing the odds of lower premiums.

In summary, this book lays out the information on a silver platter our generation will need to move healthcare to more affordable premiums, eliminate the employer from the burdens of providing insurance & to focus on increasing wages, & see healthcare become more of an independent responsibility attained in the marketplace rather than a employer or government provided service.
If you have a car, you're required to have car insurance. If you have a body, you're required to have health insurance. And with the goal of monthly premiums being affordable to all, we can make healthcare more realistic for everyone to afford without costly programs like Medicare or Medicaid.

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