Stephen Brill has written a book that challenges the adage about laws and sausages. Hes betting you really do want to know how laws are made. Or at least youll want to know about President Obamas signature piece of legislation.
In Americas Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Health Care System, Brill describes secret meetings, cynical emails and hidden contributions to political action funds. It was not the new way of doing business that Barack Obama had promised, he notes.
On the campaign trail, the president had pledged:
Well have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.
But as I wrote recently in a review of Brills book at Health Affairs, it was not to be. Instead, key players met behind closed doors in what years ago would have been smoked filled rooms. Everyone knew if you werent at the table you were going to be on the menu.
|John C. Goodman is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, President of the Goodman Institute for Public Policy Research, and author of the widely acclaimed Independent books, A Better Choice: Healthcare Solutions for America, and the award-winning, Priceless: Curing the Healthcare Crisis. The Wall Street Journal and the National Journal, among other media, have called him the Father of Health Savings Accounts.|
Obamacare remains highly controversial and faces ongoing legal and political challenges. Polls show that by a large margin Americans remain opposed to the healthcare law and seek to repeal and replace it. However, the question is: Replace it with what?