150 Years of ObamaCare

150 Years of ObamaCare


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In this groundbreaking book, health-care attorney Daniel E. Dawes explores the secret backstory of the Affordable Care Act, shedding light on the creation and implementation of the greatest and most sweeping equalizer in the history of American health care. An eye-opening and authoritative narrative written from an insider’s perspective, 150 Years of ObamaCare debunks contemporary understandings of health reform. It also provides a comprehensive and unprecedented review of the health equity movement and the little-known leadership efforts that were crucial to passing public policies and laws reforming mental health, minority health, and universal health.

An instrumental player in a large coalition of organizations that helped shape ObamaCare, Dawes tells the story of the Affordable Care Act with urgency and intimate detail. He reveals what went on behind the scenes by including copies of letters and e-mails written by the people and groups who worked to craft and pass the law. Dawes explains the law through a health equity lens, focusing on what it is meant to do and how it affects various groups. Ultimately, he argues that ObamaCare is much more comprehensive in the context of previous reform efforts than is typically understood.

In an increasingly polarized political environment, health reform has been caught in the cross fire of the partisan struggle, making it difficult to separate fact from fiction. Offering unparalleled and complete insight into the efforts by the Obama administration, Congress, and external stakeholders, 150 Years of ObamaCare illuminates one of the most challenging legislative feats in the history of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421425696
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 03/30/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 741,717
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Attorney Daniel E. Dawes is a senior advisor on health policy to the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and an associate professor of complex health systems at Nova Southeastern University. The cofounder of the Health Equity Leadership and Exchange Network (HELEN), he is a nationally recognized leader in the health equity movement who has been at the forefront of major federal health policy negotiations in the United States.

Table of Contents

Foreward, by David Satcher
1. Making the Case for Health Reform
2. Past Meets Present
3. Pulling Back the Curtain
4. The Fight Is On
5. Brushes with Death
6. Breaking Down the Law
7. Moving Health Equity Forward

What People are Saying About This

Patrick J. Kennedy

"In extending health insurance coverage to millions of people, the Affordable Care Act is a game-changer for those with mental health and substance use disorders. Daniel Dawes tells the story of how the law was developed and passed—and its role in reshaping American health care. An illuminating study for anyone who cares about health equity!"

Donna Christensen

"This book tells the little-known and never publicized story about the work of congressional leaders—behind the scenes—to ensure that health equity would be a core goal of this landmark legislation. Daniel Dawes illuminates the nuts-and-bolts processes of getting it done and ensuring that certain communities would not again be left behind or left out!"

Kathleen Sebelius

"Putting the struggle to pass and implement the Affordable Care Act into historic perspective is a valuable contribution to understanding how difficult this effort has been and how significant the passage of health reform is for the citizens and the economy of our country. Daniel Dawes brings to life the extraordinary efforts of advocates, lawmakers, and citizens to increase access to quality health care for those who have long been marginalized and excluded. 150 years of Obamacare is an important and comprehensive volume."

Andrew Young

"In this groundbreaking work, Dawes cuts through the noise by combining a history of past public policies and the health equity movement in America with his intimate knowledge of the ACA. He puts the law into context and powerfully explains what is at stake in the future for health reform."

Garth Graham

"150 Years of ObamaCare is a masterful and thought-provoking, must read, exploration of health reform past, present, and future."

Louis Sullivan

"Daniel Dawes provides an impressive, brilliant, evenhanded and deeply convincing narrative on why ObamaCare matters, how it impacts different groups in our society, and what is left to do. This book should be read by everyone interested in health care, politics, health policy, or civil rights."

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