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Reinventing American Health Care

How The Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System

By Ezekiel J. Emanuel, 1957- author

The definitive story of American health care today—its 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 own—quite distinct—American 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 care—one of America’s largest employment sectors, with an economy the size of the GDP of France—has never had a more comprehensive or authoritative interpreter.

Format: Book
Author: Emanuel, Ezekiel J., 1957- author
Summary: "Health care is the largest employer in America, one of the largest perceived drains on the budget of the Federal government, a system with the capacity to bankrupt entire state economies, and one of the areas of personal expenditure that gives individual American citizens most financial anxiety. It matters like almost no other dimension of the government and private sector. Yet the system is widely misunderstood, and is a confusing maze to most of us who feel crushed by its complexities quite as much as we feel served by its doctors and nurses. Reinventing American Health Care explains why the American health care system is the way it is (why, for instance hospitals are so dominant), and the five problems that confront any attempt at reform. Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Kennedy and Nixon all came to power promising universal coverage, and all failed. Emanuel explains how this happened by way of showing how extraordinary the passage of the Affordable Care Act was: it completely bucked the trend, in the face of some very tough political circumstances. With his unique insider's view, Emanuel explains why the Affordable Care Act took the shape it did, and in particular examines the political role of the American Medical Association. He then projects how the ACA will affect health care in the future, laying out the likely areas where further reform will be necessary"--Provided by publisher.
Title: Reinventing American health care : how the Affordable Care Act will improve our terribly complex, blatantly unjust, outrageously expensive, grossly inefficient, error prone system / Ezekiel J. Emanuel.
Publisher Date: New York : PublicAffairs, [2014]
Subject: United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Health insurance -- Law and legislation -- United States. Health care reform -- United States.
Isbn: 9781610393454 (hbk.) 1610393457 (hbk.)
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Call Number: 362.10425 Ema
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Bib Id: 502222

Format: Book
Author: Emanuel, Ezekiel J., 1957- author.
Summary: "Health care is the largest employer in America, one of the largest perceived drains on the budget of the Federal government, a system with the capacity to bankrupt entire state economies, and one of the areas of personal expenditure that gives individual American citizens most financial anxiety. It matters like almost no other dimension of the government and private sector. Yet the system is widely misunderstood, and is a confusing maze to most of us who feel crushed by its complexities quite as much as we feel served by its doctors and nurses. Reinventing American Health Care explains why the American health care system is the way it is (why, for instance hospitals are so dominant), and the five problems that confront any attempt at reform. Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Kennedy and Nixon all came to power promising universal coverage, and all failed. Emanuel explains how this happened by way of showing how extraordinary the passage of the Affordable Care Act was: it completely bucked the trend, in the face of some very tough political circumstances. With his unique insider's view, Emanuel explains why the Affordable Care Act took the shape it did, and in particular examines the political role of the American Medical Association. He then projects how the ACA will affect health care in the future, laying out the likely areas where further reform will be necessary"--Provided by publisher.
Title: Reinventing American health care : how the Affordable Care Act will improve our terribly complex, blatantly unjust, outrageously expensive, grossly inefficient, error prone system / Ezekiel J. Emanuel.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : PublicAffairs, [2014]
Description: xii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subjects: United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Subjects: Health insurance -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Subjects: Health care reform -- United States.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: How did we get here? -- The structure of the American health care system -- How Americans get their health care -- Five problems with the American health care system -- The surprising history of health care reform in the United States -- Enacting the Affordable Care Act -- What the Supreme Court said -- What is in the Affordable Care Act? -- What does the ACA mean for me? -- The ACA Dashboards -- Health care reform 2.0 -- Six megatrends in health care.
LCCN: 2013049343
ISBN: 9781610393454 (hbk.)
ISBN: 1610393457 (hbk.)
Requests: 1
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 5
Call Number: 362.10425 Ema