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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: the Staff of the Washington Post Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After a year-long political war, in March 2010 President Obama and the Democratic leaders of Congress achieved a victory that has eluded lawmakers for seventy-five years: an overhaul of America’s health-care system. In this indispensable book, the staff of the Washington Post tells the story of health-care reform and explains what it means for the American people.

In the book’s first section, the Washington Post’s reporter embedded in the White House provides a behind-the-scenes narrative of how Obama and the Democrats pushed through health-care reform in the face of nearly unanimous Republican opposition. This section traces the tortured evolution of the legislation, showing how the Senate killed the public option, how the January 2010 victory of Republican senator Scott Brown left the Democrats scrambling, and how Democratic leaders ultimately negotiated among entrenched political factions—including disillusioned Democrats—to reach a compromise.

What does this final package include? The book’s second section provides an accessible summary of the legislation that Obama signed into law in March 2010. In the third section, Washington Post writers answer the most pressing questions about the health-care legislation’s immediate impact. Most importantly, how will the new bill affect individuals—small-business owners, uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions, and twenty-somethings on their parents’ policies? This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how this legislation came into being and what the new health-care program means.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Christian | 2/6/2014

    " Pretty amazing so far! Yes, parts are dry as dirt, but it really explains the ins and outs of the affordable care act. One interesting tidbit is many in the media and some professors say that ACA is insurance reform and not health care reform. Now I know if anyone makes that claim then they haven't done their homework. The ACA is a complex and lengthy tome that addresses public health concerns, provider incentives, health inequities and more. I am still reading it so I will post again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Lmcelebre | 1/20/2014

    " Informative, but very dry and in some places, repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Paul Eiting | 1/7/2014

    " Interesting overview of the new health care reform law, but I was expecting more detail on the sausage making. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 11/5/2013

    " The stars are not for prose, as with other books, but for style and information. Reportorial in style, which I always appreciate with wonky stuff, and designed in an easily followable and digestible way. If you want to know what goes with health care minus the bombast, pick up a copy. "

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About the Author

Contributors from the Washington Post include: National Editor Kevin Merida, Associate Editor Steven Luxenberg, and staff writers Ceci Connolly and Alec MacGillis.