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Senate Finance Committee member Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) listens to debate during a mark up session on the health care reform legislation on Capitol Hill September 24, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) …
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Bodies Pour In as Nigeria Rounds Up Islamists
Large numbers of bodies, sometimes more than 60 in a day, are being brought by the Nigerian military to the state hospital, according to government, health and security officials, hospital workers and human rights groups — the product of the military …
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Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle

Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle

Foreword by Senator John Kerry

Why was the Obama healthcare plan so controversial and difficult to understand? In this readable, entertaining, and substantive book, Stuart Altman—internationally recognized expert in health policy and advisor to five US presidents—and fellow healthcare specialist David Shactman explain not only the Obama plan but many of the intriguing stories in the hundred-year saga leading up to the landmark 2010 legislation. Blending political intrigue, policy substance, and good old-fashioned storytelling, this is the first book to place the Obama health plan within historical perspective.

The authors describe the sometimes haphazard, piece-by-piece construction of the nation’s healthcare system, from the early efforts of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman to the later additions of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. In each case, they examine the factors that led to success or failure, often by illuminating little-known political machinations that brought about immense shifts in policy or thwarted herculean efforts at reform.

For example, few people know that Richard Nixon marshaled the best attempt to enact universal health care; or that he arranged secret health policy meetings in the basement of a Washington church with aides to Ted Kennedy. Who knew that the American Medical Association (AMA) publicly questioned the Surgeon General’s report that tobacco was harmful in order to defeat the Medicare bill, or that three different sex scandals obstructed the road to universal health care?

Altman and Shactman look at key moments in healthcare history: the Hill-Burton Act, in which one determined poverty lawyer secured the rights of the uninsured poor to get hospital care; the “three layer cake” strategy of Wilbur Mills to enact Medicare and Medicaid under Lyndon Johnson; the odd story of how Medicare catastrophic insurance was passed by Ronald Reagan and then repealed because of public anger; the story of how the largest and most expensive expansion of Medicare was enacted by George W. Bush.

President Barack Obama is the protagonist in the climactic chapter, learning from the successes and failures chronicled throughout the narrative. The authors relate how, in the midst of a worldwide financial meltdown, Obama overcame seemingly impossible obstacles to accomplish what other presidents had tried and failed for nearly a hundred years.

Written in a lively and informative narrative Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care will indulge the casual and curious reader as well as physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and the student of healthcare policy. Based on the long experience of Stuart Altman, who was a key participant at several critical junctures in the history of health reform, this book provides personal stories and insights never revealed before. Essential reading for every American who someday must navigate the U.S. healthcare system.

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Planned Parenthood sued the state of Arizona on Monday in an effort to overturn a law that blocks funding for its health clinics because the organization also performs abortions.

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Almost 46 million Americans do not have any health insurance, and experts say millions more do not have enough insurance to cover their families’ needs. Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan reports from Greenville, South Carolina, on the challenges Obama faces on healthcare. – Hot Latest News – Watch more on fastlatestnews.com
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Activist investor Carl Icahn said he had initially tried to avoid a proxy fight against Forest Laboratories Inc and had offered to take at least two seats on the U.S. drugmaker’s board, but he was rebuffed, leading to a battle that is becoming increasingly bitter and personal.

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Question by Average College Student: The battle for health care rights is won. Now how can we go forward as a country?
Finally, health care is there for everyone. All that needs to happen in the roll call for the historic vote. No more deregulated, wild west health care. Now cheaper, efficient, better health care will be available.

I think we should now start working with the republicans on global warming solutions so we don’t have a big fight again where the people loose.

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Answer by imaxkr
Straight to the courts where it will be ruled unconstitutional.

And do you seriously think it will be cheaper, more efficient or better?
Quite the opposite is true for most Americans.

What do you think? Answer below!

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Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States (Rockefeller Institute Press)

Insider Richard Kirsch offers a vivid, first-person account of how health care reform came to be.

This first-person account brings readers inside the biggest and most consequential issue campaign in American history. Fighting for Our Health recounts how a reform campaign led by grassroots organizers played a crucial role in President Obama’s signing historic health reform legislation in March of 2010—defeating the tea partiers, Republican Party, health insurance industry, and the US Chamber of Commerce. The action takes place inside the Beltway—the White House, Congressional anterooms, and the streets of DC—and at hundreds of town meetings, demonstrations, and confrontations in places like Danville, Virginia and Lincoln, Nebraska.

The book describes the tense relationship between progressives and the Obama administration, as the President and his team both pushed for reform and made repeated concessions to the health care industry, while trying to squelch any pressure from the left.

Most powerfully, it is the story of the triumph of thousands of people who had seen loved ones die, families go bankrupt, small businesses ruined, and futures destroyed by the health insurance system in the United States.

The book is accessible to undergraduate and graduate students as well as the general reader. Detailed enough to interest people primarily concerned about health care policy and politics, it will also capture readers generally interested in US political dynamics and the health of American democracy.

“Richard Kirsch’s book is the rarest of combinations: an insider look at American politics that instructs as well as entertains. As head of the remarkable advocacy organization Health Care for America Now, Kirsch was on the frontlines of the fight for affordable, quality coverage for all Americans in 2008–10. Now he recalls those searing yet inspiring experiences with wit, wisdom, and a wry sense of humor. The result is a compelling story of the power of citizens’ groups that says much about how health care reform happened—and what its passage and uncertain implementation mean for our democratic future.” — Jacob S. Hacker, Professor of Political Science at Yale University and coauthor of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class

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Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States (Rockefeller Institute Press)

Insider Richard Kirsch offers a vivid, first-person account of how health care reform came to be.

This first-person account brings readers inside the biggest and most consequential issue campaign in American history. Fighting for Our Health recounts how a reform campaign led by grassroots organizers played a crucial role in President Obama’s signing historic health reform legislation in March of 2010—defeating the tea partiers, Republican Party, health insurance industry, and the US Chamber of Commerce. The action takes place inside the Beltway—the White House, Congressional anterooms, and the streets of DC—and at hundreds of town meetings, demonstrations, and confrontations in places like Danville, Virginia and Lincoln, Nebraska.

The book describes the tense relationship between progressives and the Obama administration, as the President and his team both pushed for reform and made repeated concessions to the health care industry, while trying to squelch any pressure from the left.

Most powerfully, it is the story of the triumph of thousands of people who had seen loved ones die, families go bankrupt, small businesses ruined, and futures destroyed by the health insurance system in the United States.

The book is accessible to undergraduate and graduate students as well as the general reader. Detailed enough to interest people primarily concerned about health care policy and politics, it will also capture readers generally interested in US political dynamics and the health of American democracy.

“Richard Kirsch’s book is the rarest of combinations: an insider look at American politics that instructs as well as entertains. As head of the remarkable advocacy organization Health Care for America Now, Kirsch was on the frontlines of the fight for affordable, quality coverage for all Americans in 2008–10. Now he recalls those searing yet inspiring experiences with wit, wisdom, and a wry sense of humor. The result is a compelling story of the power of citizens’ groups that says much about how health care reform happened—and what its passage and uncertain implementation mean for our democratic future.” — Jacob S. Hacker, Professor of Political Science at Yale University and coauthor of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class

List Price: $ 19.95

Price: $ 10.75

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Fighting for Our Health: The Epic Battle to Make Health Care a Right in the United States (Rockefeller Institute Press)

Insider Richard Kirsch offers a vivid, first-person account of how health care reform came to be.

This first-person account brings readers inside the biggest and most consequential issue campaign in American history. Fighting for Our Health recounts how a reform campaign led by grassroots organizers played a crucial role in President Obama’s signing historic health reform legislation in March of 2010—defeating the tea partiers, Republican Party, health insurance industry, and the US Chamber of Commerce. The action takes place inside the Beltway—the White House, Congressional anterooms, and the streets of DC—and at hundreds of town meetings, demonstrations, and confrontations in places like Danville, Virginia and Lincoln, Nebraska.

The book describes the tense relationship between progressives and the Obama administration, as the President and his team both pushed for reform and made repeated concessions to the health care industry, while trying to squelch any pressure from the left.

Most powerfully, it is the story of the triumph of thousands of people who had seen loved ones die, families go bankrupt, small businesses ruined, and futures destroyed by the health insurance system in the United States.

The book is accessible to undergraduate and graduate students as well as the general reader. Detailed enough to interest people primarily concerned about health care policy and politics, it will also capture readers generally interested in US political dynamics and the health of American democracy.

“Richard Kirsch’s book is the rarest of combinations: an insider look at American politics that instructs as well as entertains. As head of the remarkable advocacy organization Health Care for America Now, Kirsch was on the frontlines of the fight for affordable, quality coverage for all Americans in 2008–10. Now he recalls those searing yet inspiring experiences with wit, wisdom, and a wry sense of humor. The result is a compelling story of the power of citizens’ groups that says much about how health care reform happened—and what its passage and uncertain implementation mean for our democratic future.” — Jacob S. Hacker, Professor of Political Science at Yale University and coauthor of Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—And Turned Its Back on the Middle Class

List Price: $ 19.95

Price: $ 10.75

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Question by Average College Student: The battle for health care rights is won. Now how can we go forward as a country?
Finally, health care is there for everyone. All that needs to happen in the roll call for the historic vote. No more deregulated, wild west health care. Now cheaper, efficient, better health care will be available.

I think we should now start working with the republicans on global warming solutions so we don’t have a big fight again where the people loose.

Best answer:

Answer by imaxkr
Straight to the courts where it will be ruled unconstitutional.

And do you seriously think it will be cheaper, more efficient or better?
Quite the opposite is true for most Americans.

What do you think? Answer below!

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