The Premature Birth Of ObamaCare
The goal of ObamaCare was exceedingly low. Rather than try to change the system, whose origins of third party payment through employer-based insurance began years ago, ObamaCare looked to preserve it all so that those healthcare industrial complex players could stay fat.
And even if it hadn’t been about money and had really aimed to make sweeping improvements to bring the American health care system up to the level of the rest of the world, the leadership in Washington on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue was so tepid, it was never going to succeed where it needed to—in the clinic and at the bedside of real Americans.
Based on Dr. Zwelling’s Previous title, RED KOOL-AID BLUE KOOL-AID tells the story of a dizzying year on Capitol Hill from the vantage point of a physician working on health care reform in the earliest years of the push to ObamaCare. While explaining the details that went into the bill's ultimate content, the story focuses more on how the policy, process and politics surrounding the Democrats' goal of health care reform became subjugated to the personalities attempting to promote or block the reform as well as those sidelined by illness or tax evasion. It is a cautionary tale for all those who still believe the American government works for the American people as opposed to special interests and political ideologues.