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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: February 2011 ISBN: 9781455198986
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/27/2013

    " Waiting to see how the financial impact of this bill is going to be handled by the Republicans in Congress ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 7/6/2013

    " This describes the coming changes of the health care reform law passed by Congress. It does it in simple language, and with clear charts and graphics. Everyone should read it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 6/12/2013

    " Very informative- completely outlines the new healthcare plan and explains the impact it will have on America in the near future. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 2/19/2013

    " This is a simple version of how the Affordable Care Act passed and some of the deals going on behind the scenes. Interesting if you want to know about this sort of thing. I read it mostly for my professional background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 12/10/2012

    " A very fair review of what the ACA is and isn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abe | 7/29/2012

    " The chapters devoted to explaining the law itself are very good. The authors are clear liberal apologists and the attempt to dramatize the political moves that supposedly occurred while creating the law was cheesy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 5/1/2012

    " As decent an intro to the issue as can be produced. The law is complicated. I think after reading this I appreciate how complicated the reform is, yet I can't say I truly understand the new policy and its vastness. Granted, I get the basics. But... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew McKee | 3/8/2012

    " Succinct, fairly balanced summary of the 2010 health care Act and the key legislative events leading up to its signing. Alas I lost patience quickly in Part 3 of the audio version where the details of the bill were challenging to follow (eg sub-section X refers to separate section Y). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Alice | 6/11/2011

    " A good guide to the new health reform law. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 5/14/2011

    " Good, concise summary of the legislative history, text, and anticipated effect of the Affordable Care Act (AKA, Obama Care). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kera | 2/5/2011

    " An informative run-down of the healthcare legislation, not all that in-depth or as juicy of a story as I expected. Would also have preferred that they would have waited to publish to include additional details of the aftermath. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 1/20/2011

    " Best read that I have found about the health care bill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/21/2010

    " Informative and a easy read. A comprehensive review of what's to come when the Health Care Bill in in full effect. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/23/2010

    " Waiting to see how the financial impact of this bill is going to be handled by the Republicans in Congress ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 7/1/2010

    " 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.

About the Narrator

Pam Ward found her true calling reading books for the blind and physically handicapped for the Library of Congress’ Talking Books program. The fact that she can work with Blackstone Audio from the beauty of the mountains of Southern Oregon is an unexpected bonus. Her audiobook narration has won two AudioFile Earphones Awards.