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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This update of a 2010 book addresses the evolution of U.S. healthcare reform and the impact it will have on American citizens.
Purpose: The book reviews the sociopolitical factors that led to the passage of the Affordable Care Act under President Barack Obama. This legislation is transforming healthcare and health professions education. The book presents the challenges that still have to be overcome in order to implement sweeping changes.
Audience: The authors do not identify an audience, but this information and context is important for health policy analysts, students of policy, and health professionals and students, as well as business majors.
Features: The book reviews the evolution of healthcare reform, starting with the Social Security Act of 1935. A timeline of the last four years and the events that are shaping healthcare is presented. The political context of the changes and the challenges to implementation of the Affordable Care Act are discussed without partisan comments. The book clearly outlines who and how the battle lines have been drawn over the years to make healthcare reform a reality. The Affordable Care Act is articulated in a manner that illustrates the differences in the way it affects different age groups and those most vulnerable - the elderly and those currently uninsured or underinsured. The glossary of terms is very helpful to keep up with people, groups, and legislation. The chapter, "Will Health Care Reform Succeed?" is very informative.
Assessment: No other book on the market provides this type of historical context along with future predictions on healthcare reform implementation challenges and opportunities. The new edition is needed in light of the volatile nature of healthcare reform.