Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Ine

By Ezekiel Emanuel, Ezekiel J Emanuel
The definitive story of American health care todayits causes, consequences, and confusions
In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. It was the most extensive reform of America s health care system since at least the creation of Medicare in 1965, and maybe ever. The ACA was controversial and highly political, and the law faced legal challenges reaching all the way to the Supreme Court; it even precipitated a government shutdown. It was a signature piece of legislation for President Obama s first term, and also a ball and chain for his second.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania who also served as a special adviser to the White House on health care reform, has written a brilliant diagnostic explanation of why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue, how money and medicine have their ownquite distinctAmerican story, and why reform has bedeviled presidents of the left and right for more than one hundred years.
Emanuel also explains exactly how the ACA reforms are reshaping the health care system now. He forecasts the future, identifying six mega trends in health that will determine the market for health care to 2020 and beyond. His predictions are bold, provocative, and uniquely well-informed. Health careone of America s largest employment sectors, with an economy the size of the GDP of Francehas never had a more comprehensive or authoritative interpreter.
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"For Americans poisoned by nefarious medical insurance companies and a G.O.P. dying to gut Obamacare, I prescribe Ezekiel Emanuel's Reinventing American Health Care (PublicAffairs) to clarify how the Affordable Care Act can rehabilitate our nauseatingly unjust, grossly expensive, and senselessly complicated health-care system. My personal recommendation? Lay off the toxic propaganda."--"Vanity Fair" "Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, they're well argued, and he has marshaled an impressive amount of information."--"Washington Post" "Infused with diagrams, charts, and tables, this book is informative, thought-provoking, and immensely important. Given his role in the program, and as is reflected in the subtitle of the book, Emanuel clearly wants to persuade, but he also wants to explain. And because he was an insider -- and proves himself a gifted writer -- he makes an able guide to the complexities of the landmark legislation... Clearly, if Obamacare is to fulfill its promise there will need to be significant changes and that will require collaboration among citizens, health care professionals, scholars, and lawmakers from across the political spectrum. And the only way this can happen is if people understand what exactly is at stake. 'Reinventing American Health Care' spells this out clearly, and by doing so, lays the foundation for this kind of collaboration to occur."--Dennis Rosen, "Boston Globe" "The facts and history that Emanuel lays out would be useful to anyone involved in the debate over health care, no matter what their point of view is."--250Words.com "With this book, Zeke Emanuel has done the country an immense service. He does the impossible--explain the dysfunctional American health care system--and then takes it one better. For here he also makes the hard-eyed case for understanding that the passage of health reform--of Obamacare--has set us on a path for a health system that works. Our system has left milli



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Publisher PublicAffairs
Publish date 03/03/2015
Pages 400
ISBN-13 9781610395427
ISBN-10 1610395425
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