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By Steven Brill


America’s sour Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed booklet on how the reasonable Care Act, or Obamacare, was once written, the way it is being carried out, and, most crucial, 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 tremendous struggle to cross a 961-page legislations aimed toward solving America’s greatest, so much dysfunctional undefined. It’s a penetrating chronicle of the way the profiteering that Brill first pointed out in his trailblazing Time journal conceal tale keeps, regardless of Obamacare. And it's the first entire, within account of the way President Obama continued to push throughout the legislation, yet then did not care for the workers incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation.
yet unintentionally America’s sour Pill finally ends up being a lot more—because as Brill used to be finishing this e-book, he needed to endure pressing open-heart surgical procedure. therefore, this additionally turns into the tale of ways one sufferer who thinks he is familiar with every thing approximately healthcare “policy” rethinks it from a health center gurney—and combines that perception along with his excellent reporting. the outcome: a shocking new imaginative and prescient of the way we will be able to repair American healthcare in order that it stops draining the financial institution debts of our households and our companies, and the federal treasury.
Praise for America’s sour Pill
“A travel de strength . . . a complete and certainly livid advisor to the political panorama of yank healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking.”The manhattan Times
“An vigorous, picaresque, narrative rationalization of a lot of what has occurred within the final seven years of wellbeing and fitness coverage . . . [Brill] has pulled off whatever 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 unusually juicy story of reform.”The day-by-day Beast
“One of crucial books of our time.”—Walter Isaacson
“Superb . . . Brill has accomplished the doubtless impossible—written a thrilling booklet concerning the American future health system.”The New York evaluate of Books

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In fact, on March 31, 2014, the day I was told about my aneurysm, I was awaiting the results of the final push by the Obama administration to get people to enroll in the insurance exchanges established under Obamacare. WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE roller-coaster story of how Obamacare happened, what it means, what it will fix, what it won’t fix, and what it means to people like me on that gurney consuming the most personal, most fear-inducing products—the ones meant to keep us alive. From its historical roots, to the mind-numbing complexity of the furiously lobbied final text of the legislation, to its stumbling implementation, to the bitter fights over it that persist to this day—the story of Obamacare embodies the dilemma of America’s longest running economic sinkhole and political struggle.

I’ll drink to that (although part of me did wonder why they need a marketing budget and how much it is). To me, it was, indeed, amazing that eight weeks after my bad dream I was back working out aerobically and with weights, just as I had before they had discovered the time bomb. That was more important to me than the hospital’s amazing salaries or chargemaster. That is what makes healthcare and dealing with healthcare costs so different, so hard. It’s what makes the Obamacare story so full of twists and turns—so dramatic—because the politics are so treacherous.

Although Yale University and Yale New Haven are separate entities, Yale–New Haven Hospital is the teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine. University representatives, including Yale’s president, sit on the Yale New Haven Health System board. Yale New Haven’s Bridgeport unit applied its list prices to Gilbert’s bill, the way most hospitals do before Medicare or insurance company discounts kick in. In the hospital business, these list prices are derived from what is called the hospital’s chargemaster.

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