America's Bitter Pill

Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (17.17 hours)
Product Number: Z100087020
Released: Jan 05, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781101921791
Narrator/s: Dan Woren
Publisher: Books on Tape
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK 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 "A tour de force...? comprehensive and suitably furious guide to the political landscape of American healthcare...?ersuasive, shocking."-The New York Times "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...?rill has achieved the seemingly impossible-written an exciting book about the American health system."-The New York Review of Books

Author(s): Steven Brill
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Jan 05, 2015

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Author(s): Steven Brill
Product Number EB00488427
Released: Jan 05, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780812996968

Professional reviews

"Listeners interested in learning how the United States got a health-care reform bill in 2010 will love this audiobook. The author is an expert on the subject, and he leaves no stone unturned while investigating the successes and challenges that the Affordable Care Act has wrought. Narrator Dan Woren gives this audiobook his full-throated, authoritative best, and he pulls it off to a remarkable degree. Woren can be a bit more demonstrative than the book calls for, but he approaches the story almost like a mystery whose outcome is in doubt, making it a worthwhile listen. He also conveys the personalities of the politicians involved without having to perform any character voices. The result is an exhaustive tome that maintains its vigor for the duration. R.I.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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