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The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage

The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage

by Jonathan Cohn
The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage

The Ten Year War: Obamacare and the Unfinished Crusade for Universal Coverage

by Jonathan Cohn

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Overview

Jonathan Cohn's The Ten Year War is the definitive account of the battle over Obamacare, based on interviews with sources who were in the room, from one of the nation's foremost healthcare journalists.

The Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” was the most sweeping and consequential piece of legislation of the last half century. It has touched nearly every American in one way or another, for better or worse, and become the defining political fight of our time.

In The Ten Year War, veteran journalist Jonathan Cohn offers the compelling, authoritative history of how the law came to be, why it looks like it does, and what it’s meant for average Americans. Drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews, plus private diaries, emails and memos, The Ten Year War takes readers to Capitol Hill and to town hall meetings, inside the West Wing and, eventually, into Trump Tower, as the nation's most powerful leaders try to reconcile pragmatism and idealism, self-interest and the public good, and ultimately two very different visions for what the country should look like.

At the heart of the book is the decades-old argument over what’s wrong with American health care and how to fix it. But the battle over healthcare was always about more than policy. The Ten Year War offers a deeper examination of how our governing institutions, the media and the two parties have evolved, and the dysfunction those changes have left in their wake.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250270931
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 523,754
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

JONATHAN COHN is a senior national correspondent at HuffPost, where he covers politics and policy. A former senior editor at the New Republic, he has written for the New York Times, Atlantic, and Self, among others. He has won several awards and was called “one of the nation's leading experts on health policy” by the Washington Post. A graduate of Harvard, Jonathan grew up in Florida and lived for years in the Boston area before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he lives with his family.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I 1991-2008

1 The Last Failure 13

2 America's Path 16

3 A Right to Health Care 25

4 Harry and Louise 34

5 The Freedom Trail 46

6 Audacity 62

7 The Argument 76

8 Workhorses 85

Part II 2008-2010

9 Hard Things are Hard 103

10 Yes We Can 106

11 Party Lines 118

12 House Rules 129

13 On The Bus 142

14 Death Panels 152

15 Madam Speaker 170

16 March Or Die 180

17 A Big F***ing Deal 195

Part III 2010-2018

18 The Last Stand 211

19 This Honorable Court 214

20 The Anti-Universal Club 226

21 Purification 234

22 Shock 246

23 Sabotage 261

24 Make Health Care Great Again 275

25 The Boy Scout 289

26 Thumbs-Down 306

Conclusion 326

Acknowledgments 335

Sources 339

Notes 341

Index 397

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