A comprehensive review of healthcare legislation since the days of Lyndon Johnson, including the details of the many political battles fought. The author or, one author, Stuart Altman made the awkward decision to refer to himself in the third person throughout the book. The congratulatory chapter about the Obama plan seems premature considering the terrible possibility that the "mandate" will be struck down by the supreme court. Feb 28, Rhonda Sue rated it really liked it. Don't let the size of this book intimidate you.
I had it sitting in my queue and finally gave it a go. This book contains a good deal of detail about universal healthcare and according to the authors has been on the political agenda since the days of Teddy Roosevelt. Altman himself was directly involved starting with the Nixon admin.
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Yo Don't let the size of this book intimidate you. You will get a good sense of healthcare and insurance from Altman's viewpoint, which is left of center, as he is a registered Democrat. Sadly, Altman is unable to speak without bias, so you're not sure what is really accurate. Small jabs at political opponents detract from the story, but alas, most writers are unable to write without spin. That being said, you will learn a lot about the details, and understand all Parts of Medicare, and the ugly tools used by our politicians to get bills passed.
This is sausage making at its worst! I must confess that I recently met and dined with the author and he is certainly an interesting fellow. Nevertheless I am in the business of writing honest and helpful reviews. I'd love to read a book on healthcare from someone with a different political viewpoint non liberal - but that is hard to come by. Nov 14, Mary Burch rated it liked it.
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I am barely through part 1 and having an extremely difficult time following along and maintaining interest. The author refers to himself in the third person, and repeatedly jumps back and forth between topics. The way the book is put together so far isn't great, and I'm not thrilled to have to read the entire book for a school paper. Aug 05, Jennifer rated it really liked it. Worth the time for anyone who wants to understand how the Affordable Health Care Act came about in its current form.
I agree with another reviewer that it's definitely odd for one of the authors, Stuart Altman, to refer to himself in third person especially as a hero throughout the book. I especially like the very last chapter where these two academics question how costs can be controlled, and what will happen from here - looking forward to reading the next chapter Sep 10, Reese Faust rated it it was amazing.
Excellent, even-handed account of the political struggle to provide access to care for as many Americans as possible though obviously, there is much to be done. The account is very clearly written, and it paints a compelling picture of the sausage-making that goes into churning out policy. Highly recommended as an introduction to the complex, comprehensive issue that is healthcare.
May 09, Davis Graham rated it it was amazing. Insightful look from the foundation of the political effort to create universal health care in America and the strain it is put on not only the country but the individual and the most important person in healthcare the patient. Apr 04, TimGrace rated it it was amazing. Very informative read about the process required to get this policy through. Mar 11, Peter rated it really liked it.
Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle
A very smart account of the many efforts to pass health care reform in Congress. Unfortunately it is marred by numerous misspellings and small errors that just cry out for an alert editor. Apr 30, Julie Payton rated it liked it. Had a hard time reading this book. Topics jumped back and forth and hard for me to follow along. Didn't keep my interest. Oct 23, Alison rated it it was ok. It was interesting but very confusing. The author jumps back and forth a lot. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The United States Of America.
Controlling health costs : many attempts but few successes The last 20 years : health care spending keeps growing pt. Success at last! Obama develops his plan Early players and done deals Baucus, Grassley, and the gang of six The summer of death panels The speaker carries the day The Senate and the Christmas Eve health bill Success at last How he did it : a political strategy learned from history The future is cost control. Notes Includes bibliographical references p. View online Borrow Buy Freely available Show 0 more links Set up My libraries How do I set up "My libraries"?
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