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“America’s total healthcare bill for 2014 is $3 trillion. That’s more than the next ten biggest spenders combined: Japan, Germany, France, China, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain, and Australia. All that extra money produces no better, and in many cases worse, results.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“This is the only industry where technology advances have increased costs instead of lowering them.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“It’s about money: Healthcare is America’s largest industry by far, employing a sixth of the country’s workforce.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“When it comes to arrogance, power, and lack of accountability, journalists are probably the only people on the planet who make lawyers look good.”
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“The cost spikes for the government programs that protected the elderly and the poor were even worse. Better medical care kept people alive longer, and that meant Medicare had to pay for more complicated and more expensive treatment during those prolonged lives.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“People care about their health a lot more than they care about healthcare policies or economics.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“The elites have become so skilled and so hardworking that they are able to protect each other better than ever before.”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“A contest was then held for their kids, and they won, too”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“Medicare, which pays hospitals based on their costs, plus overhead and a small profit margin, for providing each service, would have paid about $825 for all three tests. Also”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“Americans all became gamblers. A house was not a home. It was a bet.”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“President Trump took office, the clawback rule, which was supposed to be co-drafted by six agencies, had still not been written,”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“the healthcare industry spends four times as much on lobbying as the number two Beltway spender, the much-feared military-industrial complex?”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“60 percent of the nearly one million personal bankruptcies filed in the United States last year resulted from medical bills.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“He has spread all these termites throughout the departments and agencies”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“failure to hold anyone accountable.”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“The protected versus the unprotected.”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“If that hurdle could be overcome, Orszag added, the best ways to cut costs would be to use information technology to judge and act on the comparative effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, and other treatments. Moreover, the system had to be overhauled to pay doctors and hospitals based on their results, not on the fee-for-service basis of how many times a doctor saw a patient or how many tests the doctor ordered.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“The politics, recalled Luntz, were “pretty clear.” It was about both stopping anything the new president championed and also stopping another big-government program. No one mentioned that Obama was talking about a healthcare plan like the one Romney, and Nixon before him, had espoused.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“The numbers were huge. Over the first ten years of universal coverage, Clapsis estimated that the hospitals would enjoy an extra $200 billion to $250 billion, maybe more.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“To Luntz, the bipartisan approach to healthcare being entertained by some Republicans was just talk—a show destined to have a short run before it got the hook.”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“Healthcare is America’s largest industry by far, employing a sixth of the country’s workforce. And it is the average American family’s largest single expense, whether paid out of their pockets or through taxes and insurance premiums. It”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“the healthcare industry spends four times as much on lobbying as the number two Beltway spender, the much-feared military-industrial complex? It”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“A rule about silica took nineteen years to write and was 604 pages when published in 2016.”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“We went for coverage, frankly, before we went for specific cost containment. Though there is broad agreement on the need for containment, any particular cost containment idea means reducing revenue flow to somebody, and there is always stronger opposition from even a smaller party than there is broad depth of broad support. So, I think that’s the right order.… So we’re now wrestling with cost containment.” In”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“We spend less on job training than any other developed country.”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“the basic rules of responsibility and accountability do not apply to those at the top”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“prices for televisions, adjusted for quality, fell more than 90% in the 15 years after China joined”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“they accumulate IOUs that they cash in when they go after leadership spots”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It
“First, there was the galloping cost of advances in the science of medicine. While all that progress was good news—I’m glad they invented that MRI to pinpoint what was going on in my chest—it ballooned healthcare costs across the board. As”
Steven Brill, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System
“the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
Steven Brill, Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It

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