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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steven Brill Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781101921784
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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 health-care 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.

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 health-care “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 health care so that it stops draining the bank accounts of our families and our businesses and the federal treasury.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brill brilliantly ties together not only the saga of Obamacare but also the larger story of our dysfunctional health-care system and its disastrous impact on both businesses and ordinary Americans. In a gripping narrative, his thorough reporting is made all the more powerful by his own scary experience looking up from a gurney.”

    Arianna Huffington, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A tour de force…a comprehensive and suitably furious guide to the political landscape of American health care…persuasive, shocking.”

    New York Times

  • “A superb guide…full of insights, contradictions, apologias, flashes of anger, tidbits of history, extended stories of awe, compassion, some glibness, and moments of brilliance.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A damning account of the parasitic, corrupting interests slowly degrading the legislative process and of the feckless state of American bureaucracy. For its insights into our nation’s fiscal, psychological, and corporeal health—and for our own long-term social well-being—it is a book that deserves to be read and discussed widely.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Meticulously reported…an outstanding book.”

    Bloomberg View

  • “Brill chronicles the surprisingly juicy tale of reform…[Brill’s] book brims with unconventional insight delivered in prose completely uninfected by the worn out tropes and tired lingo of the Sunday shows.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Narrator Dan Woren gives this audiobook his full-throated, authoritative best…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.”


  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author

Steven Brill has written for the New Yorker, Time, and the New York Times Magazine. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, he also founded and ran Court TV, American Lawyer magazine, ten regional legal newspapers, and Brill’s Content magazine. Brill was the author of Time’s 2013 special report “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” for which he won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Service. Brill also teaches journalism at Yale, where he founded the Yale Journalism Initiative to encourage and enable talented young people to become journalists. He is married, with three adult children, and lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.