America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System


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Random House Trade
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5.1 X 7.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Steven Brill has written for The New Yorker, Time, and The New York Times Magazine. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, he also founded and ran Court TV, The American Lawyer magazine, ten regional legal newspapers, and Brill's Content magazine. Brill was the author of Time's March 4, 2013, Special Report "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," for which he won the 2014 National Magazine Award for Public Service. Brill also teaches journalism at Yale, where he founded the Yale Journalism Initiative to encourage and enable talented young people to become journalists. He is married, with three adult children, and lives in New York.


"A tour de force . . . a comprehensive and suitably furious guide to the political landscape of American healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking."--The New York Times

"An energetic, picaresque, narrative explanation of much of what has happened in the last seven years of health policy . . . [Steven Brill] has pulled off something extraordinary--a thriller about market structure, government organization and billing practices."--The New York Times Book Review

"A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to as the 'toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system' . . . For its insights into our nation's fiscal, psychological and corporeal health--and for our own long-term social well-being--it is a book that deserves to be read and discussed widely by anyone interested in the politics and policy of healthcare."--Los Angeles Times

"A sweeping and spirited new book [that] chronicles the surprisingly juicy tale of reform . . . [Brill's] book brims with unconventional insight delivered in prose completely uninfected by the worn out tropes and tired lingo of the Sunday shows."--The Daily Beast

"This is one of the most important books of our time. Through revealing personal stories, dogged political reporting, and clear analysis, it makes the battle over Obama's healthcare plan come alive and shows why it matters. It should be required reading for anyone who cares about our healthcare system."--Walter Isaacson

"Superb . . . Brill has achieved the seemingly impossible--written an exciting book about the American health system."--The New York Review of Books

"[An] ambitious new history of the Affordable Care Act."--Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker

"Steven Brill's new book about the process of passing the Affordable Care Act is so meticulously reported, I found myself surprised by many details of a process I myself was deeply involved in. . . . Brill has written an outstanding book about the administration's efforts to pass Obamacare. Now it is up to the administration to prove him wrong about what the legislation does to the trajectory of health-care costs."--Peter R. Orszag, Bloomberg View

"Brill's book performs an admirable job of getting behind the scenes. . . . [A] state-of-the-nation account of the broken U.S. healthcare system and Obama's partially successful attempt to heal it."--The National

"A landmark study, filled with brilliant reporting and insights, that shows how government really works--or fails to work."--Bob Woodward

"America's Bitter Pill is deeply impressive, an important diagnosis of what America needs to know if we're ever to develop a healthcare system that is fair, efficient, and effective."--Tom Brokaw

"In America's Bitter Pill, Steven Brill brilliantly ties together not only the saga of Obamacare, but also the larger story of our dysfunctional healthcare system and its disastrous impact on both businesses and ordinary Americans. In a gripping narrative, his thorough reporting is made all the more powerful by his own scary experience looking up from a gurney."--Arianna Huffington