Review: The American Spectator

The American Spectator

Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America was the featured book review in The American Spectator this week. Reporter David Hogberg writes:

If you need a last minute gift for that health-care policy wonk on your Christmas list, you cannot go wrong with Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America by Grace-Marie Turner, James C. Capretta, Thomas P. Miller, and Robert E. Moffit. The book is written in such a lucid, down-to-earth style that it makes an excellent gift even for the person who is only marginally interested in health care.

Turner, Capretta, Miller, and Moffit were vigorous participants in the debate over Obamacare, and had the powers that be listened to them we wouldn’t be facing the burgeoning mess that we are. As Obamacare inevitably results in one disaster after another, having Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America on your bookshelf will serve as an excellent reference for understanding why the disasters unfold the way they do.

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CLASS Act: You heard it here first

Thanks to Stanley Kurtz for the great recommendation of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America in his recent post on National Review Online’s Corner blog. He writes:

Not only did the book carefully explain and clearly predict the problems with the CLASS Act, but it reminded me what a tremendous resource this little paperback is for understanding Obamacare as a whole.

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Review: The Objective Standard

Jared M. Rhoads has written a terrific, detailed, and favorable review of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America for the summer issue of The Objective Standard. Rhoads clearly read the book, quotes from it frequently, and believes the authors produced a fair and objective analysis of the health law. He writes, “Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America substantially does what it sets out to do: It shows why ObamaCare is economically and medically bad for America, and these are important, if not fundamental, aspects of the argument against this atrocity.” Here’s an excerpt from his review, which you can read in full at The Objective Standard website:

Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America summarizes the key provisions of the new law, explaining how this historic piece of legislation fails to achieve the goals so loudly trumpeted by its proponents, and what it will actually do instead.

The authors—four health policy experts from four different conservative public policy organizations—largely succeed in making a complex topic comprehensible to a general audience. For starters, they organize their analysis of the legislation into reader-friendly themes such as “Impact on Families and Young Adults,” “Impact on Seniors,” and “Impact on You and Your Employer.” The subsection headings are descriptive and frequent, dividing the chapters into easily digestible segments, many of which are less than a page in length.

In the overview and the first chapter, “Impact on Families and Young Adults,” we learn that the architects of ObamaCare seek to achieve “universal coverage” not by means of market-based reforms—such as deregulating the insurance industry to open it up to interstate competition or equalizing the tax treatment of coverage purchased in the individual market—but by expanding coverage via two new federal entitlement programs: one to provide taxpayer-subsidized health insurance to low-income families and another to provide long-term health care benefits to seniors and people who are disabled (p. 21).

The authors note that whereas these programs will cost more than $2.3 trillion over the next ten years, 23 million people will remain uninsured (p. 57). Thus, although the government will spend far more money, it will not come close to meeting the administration’s dream of “universal coverage.”

The authors also explain that, in response to government changes in reimbursement rates, many physicians will limit the number of Medicare and Medicaid patients they see, drop out of the programs, or leave medicine altogether. All told, as many as 80 to 100 million people could see their coverage and/or their physician network change as a result of ObamaCare (p. 214). Similarly, say the authors, bright would-be medical students witnessing the deterioration in pay, job satisfaction, and professional autonomy in the field will opt for other careers (p. 108). These and other observations made by the authors clarify another major flaw in the “logic” of ObamaCare: Despite the president’s promise, patients cannot “keep” doctors who are no longer willing to practice, and medicine cannot thrive when the best and brightest flee the field.

In general, the authors of Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America do a good job of condensing and critiquing the massive, detail-laden legislation. Although they approach the law head-on and are unabashedly critical, they refrain from hyperbole. For example, in the section titled bluntly “Are There Death Panels In ObamaCare?” (to which they answer “no”), the authors explain how the controversy arose and what protections are in place to prevent the emergence of death panels—and then acknowledge the legitimate basis for concern over this issue, which is the conflict of interest introduced when the federal government makes decisions about coverage while simultaneously trying to control program costs (p. 92).

Sen. Barrasso mentions book on Senate floor

Yesterday, Senator John Barrasso’s Second Opinion address on the Senate floor was titled, “If You Like Your Health Care Coverage, Cross Your Fingers.” He discussed a new report from the McKinsey Quarterly on “How US health care reform will affect employee benefits.” Talking about the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on employer-provided health insurance, Sen. Barrasso remarked, “Among employers with a high awareness of how the program actually works for health care reform, who have actually studied what the law says, well, in that group, those who are most well informed, they are saying more than 50% and upwards to 60% will pursue other options, likely to stop offering their employees health coverage.” He mentioned Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America, and said that “having read the book, I will tell you a lot of the things I’ve been talking about during the debate leading up to the vote on ObamaCare, and that I’ve been talking about afterwards as a doctor — Second Opinion — are included in [the] book.”

The Washington Times Books section highlights Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America

The Washington Times

Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America is featured today in The Washington Times. An excellent review by Sally Pipes appears on page B4 of the print edition and in the Books section of the website. Pipes, president of the Pacific Research Institute, writes:

This book serves as a handbook for dismantling Obamacare and reforming American health care in a manner consistent with individual liberty and the U.S. Constitution. Upfront, the authors promise to detail what the “2,801 pages of legislation” will mean for “families, young adults, senior citizens, people with health problems, physicians and other medical professionals, small business owners and entrepreneurs, employers and employees, taxpayers, and citizens.” In short, the authors provide a comprehensive examination of the biggest piece of social legislation since the Great Society. And it delivers.

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Review: Medinnovation’s Dr. Reece

Richard L. Reece, MD, is a retired pathologist who believes in the abilities of practicing doctors and their patients to control and improve their health destinies through innovation. He is author of several books and writes extensively on his blog, Medinnovation, where he recently posted a review of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America:

This, then, is a book about power: who gets it and who controls it. The authors believe power (and health-care decision-making) should lie with the people, doctors who serve them, and in the states in which patients reside and doctors practice…As I physician, I found their 21 page section on patients and their relationships with doctors particularly powerful.

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IWF’s Inkwell reports on our book forum

Contributor Hadley Heath attended our book forum at the National Press Club last month and posted her thoughts on the event on the Independent Women’s Forum Inkwell blog:

But after listening to the entire forum, one thought keeps resounding in my mind: The practical and the philosophical are intertwined. I agree with Moffit that this is one of the great debates in American history, but it has a lot in common with other debates we’ve had. Who should allocate resources (in this case, in our health care system)? As James Capretta pointed out, ObamaCare starts with the presumption that the government will do it. This presumption is not only anti-American in theory, but also disastrous in practice.

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Review: Duke University’s Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law

The JHPPL News and Notes blog recently wrote about Why ObamaCare Is Wrong for America:

ObamaCare is leaving a comet tail of broken promises as it steamrolls its way through our economy and into our lives. What happened? How could there possibly be such a big gap between promise and reality?

In Why ObamaCare is Wrong for America, the authors…explain exactly what the law stipulates and how the law will affect each of us: as patients, as employees, as taxpayers, and as citizens. They also lay out a plan for reforming the law so we can get health care right.

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