Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health-Care Law-The Affordable Care Act-and What It Means for Us All

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PublicAffairs, Apr 27, 2010 - Political Science - 288 pages
The Washington Post’s must-read guide to the health care overhaul

What now? Despite the rancorous, divisive, year-long debate in Washington, many Americans still don’t understand what the historic overhaul of the health care system will—or won’t—mean. In Landmark, the national reporting staff of The Washington Post pierces through the confusion, examining the new law’s likely impact on us all: our families, doctors, hospitals, health care providers, insurers, and other parts of a health care system that has grown to occupy one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

Landmark’s behind-the-scenes narrative reveals how just how close the law came to defeat, as well as the compromises and deals that President Obama and his Democratic majority in Congress made in achieving what has eluded their predecessors for the past seventy-five years: A legislative package that expands and transforms American health care coverage.

Landmark is an invaluable resource for anyone eager to understand the changes coming our way.
 

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Contents

HOW WE GOT HERE
9
Deals and Betrayals
29
Lieberman Blocks the Way
39
Obamas Last Chance
49
WHAT IT MEANS FOR US
63
Expanding Coverage
73
How It Will Work
85
Its Status QuoFor Now
99
A New National Option
123
Breaking Bad Habits
129
Paying for
169
Judging Success
191
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
197
The Health Care Education Reconciliation Act
253
Acknowledgments
261
Copyright

CONTENTS
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