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Senator Tom Daschle’s narrative of what went on behind the scenes in the making of the new health care legislation delivers a powerful lesson in the workings of American politics.


The evolution of health care reform was drawn-out, frustrating, and complicated, but Senator Tom Daschle is the ideal person to recount the process.  His account will guide you through the entire story, from the earliest presidential campaign debates — and his firsthand experiences in the Obama team — through the battles on Capitol Hill to solve our most serious health care problems.  Not simply a book about policy, Daschle’s narrative describes in vivid detail how fragile the support in Congress was at every step of the way, as well as the frantic efforts to design a rescue strategy before time ran out.  

Combining his insights as a health care expert and his political expertise, this is the inside story about how the new legislation came together: from the persistence of President Obama to the subsequent efforts–and counter efforts–within the Senate and the House.  In Daschle’s hands, this becomes a dramatic personal story and a remarkable lesson in politics at the highest level.

Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform

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