America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and by Steven Brill

By Steven Brill


America’s sour Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed booklet on how the cheap Care Act, or Obamacare, was once written, the way it is being applied, and, most vital, the way it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses within the healthcare undefined. It’s a fly-on-the-wall account of the vast struggle to go a 961-page legislations geared toward solving America’s greatest, such a lot dysfunctional undefined. It’s a penetrating chronicle of the way the profiteering that Brill first pointed out in his trailblazing Time journal disguise tale keeps, regardless of Obamacare. And it's the first entire, inside of account of ways President Obama continued to push in the course of the legislations, yet then didn't take care of the workers incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation.
yet by accident America’s sour Pill finally ends up being a lot more—because as Brill used to be finishing this publication, he needed to suffer pressing open-heart surgical procedure. hence, this additionally turns into the tale of ways one sufferer who thinks he is familiar with every little thing approximately healthcare “policy” rethinks it from a health center gurney—and combines that perception together with his exceptional reporting. the outcome: a shocking new imaginative and prescient of the way we will repair American healthcare in order that it stops draining the financial institution money owed of our households and our companies, and the federal treasury.
Praise for America’s sour Pill
“A travel de strength . . . a entire and definitely livid consultant to the political panorama of yankee healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking.”The big apple Times
“An full of life, picaresque, narrative clarification of a lot of what has occurred within the final seven years of wellbeing and fitness coverage . . . [Brill] has pulled off anything extraordinary.”—The long island instances e-book Review
“A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to because the ‘toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system.’ ”Los Angeles Times
“A sweeping and lively new ebook [that] chronicles the strangely juicy story of reform.”The day-by-day Beast
“One of crucial books of our time.”—Walter Isaacson
“Superb . . . Brill has completed the probably impossible—written a thrilling e-book in regards to the American healthiness system.”The New York evaluate of Books

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For six years, Gilbert, who was sixty-one at the time, would be forced by a judge to make weekly payments on the bill she got after she slipped and fell on her face in the small yard behind her house in Fairfield, Connecticut. Her nose bleeding heavily, she was taken to the emergency room at Bridgeport Hospital. She went home a few hours later with a half dozen stitches. ” Gilbert got three CT scans—of her head, her chest, and her face. The last one showed a hairline fracture of her nose. Along with Greenwich Hospital and the Hospital of St.

I’d just be gone, having bled to death. That’s what had brought me to the fourth-floor cardiac surgery unit at New York–Presbyterian Hospital. The next morning I was having open-heart surgery to fix something called an aortic aneurysm. It’s a condition I had never heard of until a week before, when a routine checkup by my extraordinarily careful doctor had found it. And that’s when everything changed. Until then, my family and I had enjoyed great health. I hadn’t missed a day of work for illness in years.

Academics usually didn’t do that,” Gruber later explained. “They didn’t connect what they knew or what they were doing to specific policy debates in real time so they could chime in with real, practical answers. ” In 1998, Gruber, by then thirty-three, became an assistant professor of economics at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He began picking up grants to create algorithms that could produce models of the economic consequences of various healthcare plans and reforms. Using thousands of lines of code that plotted behavioral patterns, Gruber would program hundreds of variables into a black box and out would pop the likely outcomes of this tweak or that big change in healthcare systems or rules.

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