Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform

Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform

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by Tom Daschle, David Nather
     
 

Senator Tom Daschle's narrative of what went on behind the scenes in the making of the new health care legislation delivers a powerful lesson in the workings of American politics.

The evolution of health care reform was drawn-out, frustrating, and complicated, but Senator Tom Daschle is the ideal person to recount the process.  His account will

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Senator Tom Daschle's narrative of what went on behind the scenes in the making of the new health care legislation delivers a powerful lesson in the workings of American politics.

The evolution of health care reform was drawn-out, frustrating, and complicated, but Senator Tom Daschle is the ideal person to recount the process.  His account will guide you through the entire story, from the earliest presidential campaign debates — and his firsthand experiences in the Obama team — through the battles on Capitol Hill to solve our most serious health care problems.  Not simply a book about policy, Daschle’s narrative describes in vivid detail how fragile the support in Congress was at every step of the way, as well as the frantic efforts to design a rescue strategy before time ran out.  

Combining his insights as a health care expert and his political expertise, this is the inside story about how the new legislation came together: from the persistence of President Obama to the subsequent efforts—and counter efforts—within the Senate and the House.  In Daschle's hands, this becomes a dramatic personal story and a remarkable lesson in politics at the highest level.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312643782
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
989,000
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

TOM DASCHLE is a former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota. He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper and a member of DLA Piper's Global Board.  Daschle is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a co-founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC, and the author of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.  He is on the board of directors for the National Democratic Institute, a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Daschle is married to Linda Hall Daschle and has three children and four grandchildren.

 

DAVID NATHER spent nearly a decade reporting on the politics of Congress and the White House as a senior writer for Congressional Quarterly. He has also covered health care policy in Congress for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., and lives with his family in Silver Spring, MD.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 The Stakes

1 The Great Divide 9

2 "Let Me Tell You What You Want to Hear" 16

3 The Cost Problem 21

4 The Quality Problem 29

5 The Access Problem 35

6 Our Health Care Pyramid 43

7 Keeping What People Like 47

8 Lessons from Other Countries 52

Part 2 The Plan

1 The Phone Call 61

2 The Making of the Obama Plan 69

3 The Primaries 76

4 The Stakeholders 83

5 Obama vs. McCain 89

6 Preparing the Road Map 96

7 Opening the Doors 105

8 Health Care vs. the Economy 110

9 Meltdown 118

Part 3 No Margin for Error

1 The White House Strategy 127

2 The Senate 137

3 The House 148

4 Holding Down Costs 157

5 Improving Quality 162

6 Reaching (Nearly) Everyone 167

7 The Public Option 174

8 Paying for It 179

9 One Bipartisan Solution 184

10 Roadblocks 189

11 August 197

12 Breakthrough 207

13 Sixty Votes 218

14 The Rescue Plan 232

15 The Final Push 247

Part 4 The Road from Here

1 How Close Did We Come? 263

2 Laying the Groundwork: 2010-13 271

3 A New Era: 2014-18 281

4 New Responsibilities 289

5 Next Steps 300

Conclusion 311

Acknowledgments 315

Notes 319

Index 343

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