In today’s American Spectator, I discuss America’s Bitter Pill, the largely fictitious account of Obamacare’s conception and passage written by Steven Brill:
I put off reading Steven Brill’s new book for much the same reason I procrastinate when it’s time to clean the gutters on my house. I was sure it would be a boring chore that would leave me yearning for a shower. A previous encounter with this writer’s work in a 2013 edition of Time suggested that this tome would contain a catalogue of canards about U.S. health care, a tendentious account of the tawdry political process that produced Obamacare, and some hare-brained theory on how to fix our medical delivery system.
My forebodings were well-founded.
Brill’s ideological recidivism colors every word in America’s Bitter Pill. Thus, the hopelessly dysfunctional Rube Goldberg contraption whose supporters still call the “Affordable Care Act” isn’t the product of sleazy politicians determined to take over a sixth of the U.S. economy and gain control over the most intimate decisions Americans make about their lives. It is rather the result of pressure put on those well-meaning public servants by “the hospital lobby” and the other special interest groups that control U.S. health care.
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