America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

America’s Bitter Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed book on how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing—and failing to change — the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. It’s a fly-on-the-wall account of the titanic fight to pass a 961-page law aimed at fixing America’s largest, most dysfunctional industry. It’s a penetrating chronicle of how the profiteering that Brill first identified in his trailblazing Time magazine cover story continues, despite Obamacare. And it is the first complete, inside account of how President Obama persevered to push through the law, but then failed to deal with the staff incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation. But by chance America’s Bitter Pill ends up being much more — because as Brill was completing this book, he had to undergo urgent open-heart surgery. Thus, this also becomes the story of how one patient who thinks he knows everything about healthcare "policy" rethinks it from a hospital gurney — and combines that insight with his brilliant reporting. The result: a surprising new vision of how we can fix American healthcare so that it stops draining the bank accounts of our families and our businesses, and the federal treasury.

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America, We Need to Talk

America, We Need to Talk

The newest book by Joel Berg--internationally recognized leader and media spokesman in the fields of hunger, poverty, food systems, and U.S. politics, and the director of Hunger Free America--America We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation is both a parody of relationship and self-help books and a serious analysis of the nation's political and economic dysfunction. Explaining that the most serious--and most broken--relationship is the one between us, as Americans, and our nation, the book explains how, no matter who becomes our next president, average Joes can channel their anger with our hobbled system into concrete actions that will fix our democracy, rebuild our middle class, and restore our stature in the world as a beacon of freedom and hope. Starting with the belief that it is irresponsible for Americans to blame the nation's problems solely on "the politicians" or "the system," Joel makes a case for how it is the personal responsibility of every resident of this country to fix it. The American people are in a relationship with their government and their society, and, as in all relationships, it is the responsibility of both sides to recognize and repair their problems.

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What?s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It

What?s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It

What?s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It

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What?s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It

What?s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It

What?s Wrong with Climate Politics and How to Fix It

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An American Sickness

An American Sickness

It is well-documented that our healthcare system has grave problems, but how, in only a matter of decades, did things get so bad? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. Rosenthal spells out in clear and practical terms exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship, explaining step-by-step the workings of a profession badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate a byzantine system but also to demand far-reaching reform. Breaking down the monolithic business into its individual industries--the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, drug manufacturers--which together comprise our healthcare system, Rosenthal tells the story of the history of American medicine as never before. The situation is far worse than we think, and has become like that much more recently than we realize. Hospitals, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. An easily-treated disease like hemophilia is referred to by medical marketing consultants as a "high value disease state". Americans are dying in the face of routine medical conditions when affordable and straightfoward solutions exist. Dr. Rosenthal explains for the first time how various social and financial incentives have encouraged a disastrous and immoral system to organically spring up in a shocking short space of time. The system is in tatters; but we can fight back. Your Money or Your Life is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our wellbeing at heart.

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An American Sickness

An American Sickness

It is well-documented that our healthcare system has grave problems, but how, in only a matter of decades, did things get so bad? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. Rosenthal spells out in clear and practical terms exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship, explaining step-by-step the workings of a profession badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate a byzantine system but also to demand far-reaching reform. Breaking down the monolithic business into its individual industries--the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, drug manufacturers--which together comprise our healthcare system, Rosenthal tells the story of the history of American medicine as never before. The situation is far worse than we think, and has become like that much more recently than we realize. Hospitals, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. An easily-treated disease like hemophilia is referred to by medical marketing consultants as a "high value disease state". Americans are dying in the face of routine medical conditions when affordable and straightfoward solutions exist. Dr. Rosenthal explains for the first time how various social and financial incentives have encouraged a disastrous and immoral system to organically spring up in a shocking short space of time. The system is in tatters; but we can fight back. Your Money or Your Life is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our wellbeing at heart.

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SUPERPOWER

SUPERPOWER

America's identity abroad and our economic, political, and military power have long been defined by the outcomes of major global events. These days, our country faces new challenges; while we remain the world's only superpower for the foreseeable future, US influence is in decline because Washington's incoherent foreign policy fails to persuade other countries to make the decisions we want. Now Ian Bremmer, President and Founder of the Eurasia Group, calls for a complete rethinking of America as a superpower. We can't police every street corner around the world, but if we don't clearly define our foreign interests and our place in the world, the world will decide our role and influence for us. The decisions we make in the future depend on the direction we choose to move in now. Bremmer presents three alternate views for the next America: Independent America: It's time to declare independence from international responsibilities and devote our energies and resources to rebuilding our strength at home. Moneyball America: We cannot afford to fight every foreign battle, but we must defend our interests and values wherever they are threatened and make intelligent choices about tough decisions, which require an honest assessment of our limitations. Indispensable America: The world needs our leadership and to think that we can operate autonomously in an inter-connected world is not only ignorant but also extremely dangerous for our long-term security and interests abroad. As the 2016 presidential election draws near, we must decide now what we want the next America to look like. This involves clearly defining our responsibilities, opportunities, and most importantly, our limits. A foreign policy divided against itself cannot stand; as the world's greatest superpower, America must choose which path it will follow into the future.

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The Contours of American Politics: An Introduction

The Contours of American Politics: An Introduction

The Contours of American Politics takes a fresh look at the political culture of the United States. In its complexity and diversity, America fascinates. Its politics are brash and exciting, and its political impact upon the wider world is profound. This book examines not simply the mechanics of America?s political system but also the ideas and principles that shape its values.Drawing on a diverse range of interdisciplinary material, the book maps the landscape of contemporary American political culture and identity. It surveys the nation?s past as a critical and formative influence upon its present. It argues that religious beliefs, together with patterns of immigration and migration westwards across the continent, create the landscape of America?s contemporary political culture. Roper examines the "politics of nostalgia" the roots of American democracy, and the framework of the federal government. Other topics covered include the nature of political power, the influence of the media, the stratification of American society in terms of race, class and gender, and the cultural sensibilities that underpin foreign policy.The Contours of American Politics is an excellent guide to the nation?s political thinking, its attitudes and its political processes at the end of the "American Century" and at the beginning of the new millennium. It will be essential reading for undergraduates studying American Politics, American Culture, and International Relations.

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Paul Esajian The Real Estate Rehab Investing Bible. A Proven-Profit System for Finding, Funding, Fixing, and Flipping Houses...Without Lifting a Paintbrush

Paul Esajian The Real Estate Rehab Investing Bible. A Proven-Profit System for Finding, Funding, Fixing, and Flipping Houses...Without Lifting a Paintbrush

THE HOUSE-FLIPPING HOW-TO THAT TURNS EVERYDAY PEOPLE INTO ENTREPRENEURS Everyone likes the idea of turning the ugliest house on the block to the best house on the block and making a profit. Until now a system has not been shared on how to successfully complete this task on time and budget without getting your hands dirty. This book not only cracks the code but shares the proven path and system to have a systems based rehab business that makes consistent profits for ordinary everyday people. The Real Estate Rehab Investing Bible reveals the lucrative seven-stage system that allows author Paul Esajian, and his students all across North America, to manage multiple rehab projects at once, while staying on time and under budget to build and grow their wealth. No experience? No problem. You'll learn strategies to find the right properties, negotiate the right offer, identify the right licensed and insured contractor for the job, and get the property sold to a happy homeowner for a profit. No capital? No problem. You'll learn how you can use other people’s money to fund your deals and the IRS guidelines that help you keep more of the money you make. By learning and leveraging the principals of rehabbing and real estate, you'll start thinking like a business owner rather than a consumer. Breaking into residential real estate provides an amazing opportunity for those with little, or no experience, and using other people's money. This book gives you the information, education, and systems every investor needs to start flipping and rehabbing houses without doing the work yourself, and withoutlosing your shirt to contractors and bad investing decisions. Find Deals:where and how to find deals, analyzing deals, and estimating repairs in minutes to acquire a rehab Fund Deals:where and how to borrow money, creative financing, and the finance request template to present to asset based lenders and private lenders to fund your deal Fix Deals:how to run a rehab with a proven system without lifting a hammer, identify A+ licensed and insured contractors at wholesale pricing, and what to focus on to maximize your profit Flip Deals:how to properly price, stage, and add the sizzle features to get properties sold within weeks of listing the property by properly analyzing comparables and staging the rehab properly The proven techniques Paul shares work in any location, in any market. If you're ready to get in the game, The Real Estate Rehab Investing Bible teaches you how to play.

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