Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expen by Ezekiel J. EmanuelReinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expen by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex…

byEzekiel J. Emanuel

Paperback | March 3, 2015

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The definitive story of American health care today#151;its causes, consequences, and confusions

In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. It was the most extensive reform of America's health care system since at least the creation of Medicare in 1965, and maybe ever. The ACA was controversial and highly political, and the law faced legal challenges reaching all the way to the Supreme Court; it even precipitated a government shutdown. It was a signature piece of legislation for President Obama's first term, and also a ball and chain for his second.

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania who also served as a special adviser to the White House on health care reform, has written a brilliant diagnostic explanation of why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue, how money and medicine have their own#151;quite distinct#151;American story, and why reform has bedeviled presidents of the left and right for more than one hundred years.
Emanuel also explains exactly how the ACA reforms are reshaping the health care system now. He forecasts the future, identifying six mega trends in health that will determine the market for health care to 2020 and beyond. His predictions are bold, provocative, and uniquely well-informed. Health care#151;one of America's largest employment sectors, with an economy the size of the GDP of France#151;has never had a more comprehensive or authoritative interpreter.
Ezekiel J. Emanuelis vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the department of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania. From January 2009 to January 2011, he was a special adviser on health care reform to the White House. He is the author or editor of ten books and over 250 scientific articles. He is...
Title:Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex…Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:PublicaffairsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: Erin’s Disease 1

PART I: THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
1 How Did We Get Here? 17
2 Financing Health Care 34
3 How Americans Get Their Health Care 68
4 Five Problems with the American Health Care System 95


PART II: HEALTH CARE REFORM

5 The Surprising History of Health Care Reform in the
United States 127
6 Enacting the Affordable Care Act 159
7 What the Supreme Court Said 188
8 What Is in the Affordable Care Act? 201
9 What Does the ACA Mean for Me? 259

PART III: THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN HEALTH CARE
10 ACA Implementation Problems 279
11 The ACA Dashboards 295
12 Health Care Reform 2.0 306
13 Six Megatrends in Health Care 317

Coda: A Final Thought 345
Further Readings 351
Index 357
About the Author 381

Editorial Reviews

“Prominent bioethicist Emanuel makes a convincing, albeit onesided, case for overhauling what he sees as an unfair health system in the U.S. Deftly using numbers to make his arguments, Emanuel organizes his book into three parts: the current system (largely its financing), health-care reform (the nearly 1,000-page Affordable Care Act [ACA] and legal challenges to it), and the future (lots of hospital closings) He also touches on important history (the creation of Medicare in 1965) and clearly explains complicated issuesA plain-English explanation of a tricky topic.”–Booklist“Few people have had a more favorable influence on the shaping of the current processes of health care reform than Zeke Emanuel has. And no one is a better, clearer, or wiser interpreter of the insanely complex non-system that we are trying to fix. This book is an instant classic—mandatory reading for anyone who wants to know how we got where we are in American health care and where we need to go.” —Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, president emeritus and senior fellowat the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and former administratorof the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services