Obamacare Survival Guide

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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 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 ...

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ObamaCare Survival Guide: The Affordable Care Act and What It Means for You and Your Healthcare

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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 Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 8/25/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 314,698
  • Product dimensions: 7.63 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    We read but Congress doesn't!

    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.

    52 out of 74 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Money well spent

    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.

    45 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Good summary, but a bit too preachy

    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.

    34 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2013

    Why don't we just review the book, please.  Personal feelings re

    Why don't we just review the book, please.  Personal feelings regarding the policy are of no interest here.

    32 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Great book!

    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.

    27 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Bad

    You dont need to waste money on this. Bamacare will ruin small businesses, raise taxes, give free medical to ppl to lazy ti get off their fat welfare a$$es, and raise premiums to those who have insurance, which is where those lazy welfare ppl will get free benefits. Yeah, thank you bama lama ding dong for ruining america.

    27 out of 108 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Informaive!

    Still currently reading and finding some very intertesting thinking points.

    23 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2013

    This book is definitely for the Low Information voter - but it i

    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.

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    I thought this was to review the book, not the legislation.

    I thought this was to review the book, not the legislation.

    20 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Very little information that I hadn't already leaked out about Obamacare on TV and radio.

    DON'T WASTE YOUR $$$$ or YOUR TIME--Seems to me that Nick Tate simply "scanned the 2000+ pages of the health care bill that was drafted and submitted by Barry Obama's "hand-picked czars". No specific facts that will help you retain your family's way of life as you know it. What little he did clue us in on just added to our fears of what is about to befall upon my husband and I and convinced us that there's not a damned thing we can do about it 'cause the "big wheels" are already in motion and picking up speed. All we can hope for is that Supreme Court Justice Roberts as well as everyone who re-elected B.O. are the MOST affected by this inhumane medical fiasco!! It could very well be that Nick Tate IS one of the "creative czars"!

    16 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Really??

    Gosh, guys, I'm sure glad you guys who are so critical of Obamacare don't have pre-existing conditions (think diabetes, cancer) and have great health insurance that you can afford and that won't drop you when they find out how sick you are, or your kids are. Believe it or not, many people can't afford health insurance and they are working!! (don't know why I'm wasting my energy)

    12 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    If you're interested in how the teabaggers distort the facts reg

    If you're interested in how the teabaggers distort the facts regarding the Affordable Care Act, this is the book for you! It comes from an alternative universe, where facts are irrelavent, and right-wing talking points are accepted as universal truth. It is republikan reading, inside the "Bubble".

    10 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Vital Information for All

    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.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    A few facts in the book, but mostly fiction. Lots of lies and d

    A few facts in the book, but mostly fiction. Lots of lies and distortions. Based on a right wing reporters viewpoint, sponsored by Newsmax and advertised/marketed like crazy on Fox News. Trump, Beck, Hannity and O'Reilly love this book - so what does that tell you.

    9 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Sheeple

    Some people may not be able to spell, but they can't be that stupid if they aren't buying into Obama's crap. This book is not helpful, because America is still screwed. If you do understand Obamacare, then you should be aware of the consequences. This book did nothing for me except piss me off more. Don't be a follower.

    9 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Wow

    If you are going to call other people stupid you should probably spell all the words in your tirade correctly...just sayin'

    9 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Lol

    Obama care is ruing America either you get it OR your an idiot and people with brains shouldt waste tine tryin to explain it

    9 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Waste of time and money

    Worthless information on what we already know.

    7 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Good reference for the anti-ObamaCare position, light on fact or

    Good reference for the anti-ObamaCare position, light on fact or balance. The book identifies several of the issues the ACA (ObamaCare) introduces to our society. The writer is clearly pushing an anti-ObamaCare agenda. The presentation identifies changes then states an intended potential benefit followed by expounding negative rhetoric. The reader needs to have excellent critical thinking skills to separate the facts from opinion. Data referenced is dated and requires updating this action will demonstrate that the projections made are no longer supported.

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    You know..

    Personally, I think two things:
    1: At least hes better than bush(s)
    2: People need to spell right before calling others 'stpid.' (Lol)

    6 out of 47 people found this review helpful.

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