ObamaCare Survival Guide

ObamaCare Survival Guide

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by Nick J. Tate
     
 

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Congress passed it. President Obama signed it into law. The Supreme Court has ruled it constitutional. And Obama's re-election virtually ensures the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, will be implemented in full, with the prospects of wholesale repeal all but impossible. In fact, many provisions of the new law are already becoming a…  See more details below

Overview

Congress passed it. President Obama signed it into law. The Supreme Court has ruled it constitutional. And Obama's re-election virtually ensures the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, will be implemented in full, with the prospects of wholesale repeal all but impossible. In fact, many provisions of the new law are already becoming a reality with major new regulations set to start soon. ObamaCare will affect every single American, but few know what exactly the 2,700 page law actually says. Now, the ObamaCare Survival Guide, written in plain, easy-to-read language, makes the law simple to understand and gives you the tools to navigate ObamaCare.

Now, the ObamaCare Survival Guide, written in plain, easy-to-read language, makes the law simple to understand. The ObamaCare Survival Guide reveals:

How currently insured people will be affected, including rising premium costs

Medicare shocker: cuts in benefits, new rules

New protections for the uninsured

Hidden fees and levies

New taxes for the affluent

Small businesses: new requirements, tax credits

Prescription drug users: new fees

A timetable for each part of the healthcare plan

Essential benefits insurance companies must provide

ObamaCare's impact on long-term care

Your responsibilities and penalties under the new laws

How to maximize your future healthcare dollars

The cost to you as a consumer

And much, much more . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Boldly one-sided in this presidential election year, this book lobs stink bombs from the start at president Obama and the Democratic Party. Journalist Tate (The Sick Building Syndrome) lays out at the beginning who he thinks will benefit from the Healthcare Reform Act: essentially, no one, except the uninsured. And taxpayers will be harmed. Tate's leaps of logic are frequent; acknowledging, for instance, that life expectancy in the U.S. is lower than that of 36 other advanced nations, he says it is still higher than the world average, implying that it's reasonable to compare American lifespan with that of the world's poorest nations. He states that a focus on prevention, and required preventive screening, will increase costs, though many major insurance companies already pay 100% of the cos of these test in the belief that an ounce of prevention costs less than a pound of cure for, say, breast or cervical cancer. Tate covers many key points that should be clarified in an intelligent discussion about health care in the United States. Unfortunately, in undermining his credibility with his blatant animus, he will feed political arguments rather than intelligent discussions.
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Library Journal
With almost 500 provisions, the extremely complex Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111–148)—popularly referred to as "Obamacare"—goes beyond the controversial individual mandate, small business incentive, Medicaid expansion, and insurance exchanges that are commonly discussed. However, in this title journalist Tate ignores or barely acknowledges other provisions such as the prohibition against discrimination on assisted suicide and provider payment options. Though he claims to go "…beyond the sound bites and headlines to provide a detailed analysis of what it will mean for…American healthcare consumers," a number of Tate's repetitive statements sound biased against the Act or appear to emphasize the negative effect it may have on specific programs such as Medicare. Many statements remain undocumented by footnotes, endnotes, text notes, or bibliography, and others are one-sided. For example, stating that "healthcare costs in the United States have risen since ObamaCare's passage…," Tate fails to acknowledge that health care costs also rose significantly prior to the passage of this legislation. On the positive side, the implementation time line is particularly helpful and tables scattered throughout the book provide a nicely organized before-and-after display. Unfortunately, several tables appear to be incorrectly named and few are discussed within the text. For example Tables 7–4 and 7–5 bear identical titles, offer conflicting data, and are not discussed within text or captions. However, the material, including the tables, is well indexed. VERDICT While this work is timely, there are a number of similar books available, some of which are better designed for reference use. This one is best suited for a public library circulating collection that has additional titles that pick up other aspects of the new health care legislation.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780893348625
Publisher:
Humanix Books
Publication date:
08/25/2012
Pages:
229
Product dimensions:
7.63(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Nicholas J. Tate is an award-winning journalist and editor who has written extensively about health and consumer affairs issues. After a fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, he authored The Sick Building Syndrome. His work has also appeared in the Miami Herald, Newsmax, Sun Sentinel, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Herald, and other publications.

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ObamaCare Survival Guide 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a readable and understandable summary of what the new healthcare reforms mean for the average person. I'm glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a basic summary, this is a good start. There aren't many specifics, but the main points are explained in a non-technical, easy-to-read manner. One warning, the author's personal feelings often creep into the narrative. But it's nearly impossible to find anything unbiased on this subject.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am so happy that there is a book that the average tax paying citizen can see how we will be screwed without being kissed! Obamacare - will cost trillions of dollars to only find out that Medicare benefits will be cut & if you have a doctor you are fond of....most likely won't be your doc....especially if he stops taking Medicare patients. The author did a better job than most of the Congressmen, because we know that SHE DID READ THE OBAMACARE HEALTHCARE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing for analyzing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety. For a graduate student pursuing a MA degree in Health Care Administration this is the book is the one you want. It covers every aspect from the beginning of the legislation to its full impact in the next 20 years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Still currently reading and finding some very intertesting thinking points.
Rick_Gregory More than 1 year ago
This book is definitely for the Low Information voter - but it is also very informative for the medium-to high information voter. Most likely even though you might understand the impact of Obamacare, you most likely do not know exactly what is in store for you once this is fully implemented. All the hidden taxes and fees. Do you know that if you are a smoker, you will be fined $4,000 annually above the premium you will be charged? Did you know that there is a Medical Device tax? And did you further know that if you are overweight, you will be taxed per pound of excess weight annually. This is in addition to being accepted or denied medical care based on the net Quality of Life Years you have left as determined by the Health and Human Services Secretary – Kathleen Sebelius. (This is where the Death Panels come in) This book is a must read for anyone who wants to be prepared for the full impact of government intrusion in their lives. The book clearly outlines how expensive health care is once it’s free. The authors go through every single aspect of the 2,700 page bill – the largest bill ever “passed” by congress in world history. Each of the 15-chapters focuses on a specific aspect of the bill, placing it in plane easily understood every-day language. If this book was published before the elections, its most likely Obama would not have been re-elected, let alone elected at all.
SgtWalt More than 1 year ago
The Obama Care Survival Guide is a vital piece for EVERYONE to read. IN this day and age of more government take over of our heath care, something they have no right under the Constitution to do, it is imperative for each and every adult American to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was to review the book, not the legislation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another screed to fleece the sheep of their money. Too bad the pathetic people are so gullible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thorough and well organized . I now know why this law is so complicated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has lots of info on ObamaCare. Sign up for the update newsletter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will be very happy to have this Survival Guide as a Heads-up book in your personal Library. There is no other book out that even comes close to telling you what to expect.
BobRB More than 1 year ago
I found this book very interesting in light of all that is being said or has been said about the subject. I think we are in for a ROUGH ride on this subject. Lots of information and it is explained very well.
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I hope our congressional leaders will at least take time to read this book. Apparently many haven't read the Affordable Care Act.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
to: ilovemynookJL You must a Democrat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worse book i bought and read, waste of money
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Audrey20 More than 1 year ago
I read it because most everyone is clueless as to what will happen regarding Obamacare. I still do not have a clear idea. The authorn tries to be impartial (somewhat), but mostly is boring and confusing. Sort of like the subject himself.
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Can not wait to read.
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