Fighting for our health : the epic battle to make health care a right in the United States /
Richard Kirsch.
Albany, N.Y. : Rockefeller Institute Press, c2011.
xx, 396 p. ; 23 cm.
1930912242 (alk. paper), 9781930912243 (alk. paper)
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Albany, N.Y. : Rockefeller Institute Press, c2011.
1930912242 (alk. paper)
9781930912243 (alk. paper)
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Thumb out in both directions -- The solution is the problem -- Building Health Care for America Now -- Ready, set, go! -- Health care in the 2008 election -- The economy or health care? -- From the ground up, champions -- From the ground up, swings -- The happy warrior -- No HELP for the Gang of Six -- The guns of August -- The White House waffles -- If the insurance companies win, you lose -- The Baucus Bill is a failure -- Did the White House try to get me fired? -- The House makes history -- Harry's dilemma -- Lieberman's revenge -- Christmas Eve -- Not again! -- Stop big insurance, Congress listens to us -- Fighting for our health.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 381-382) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Richard Kirsch is an Institute Fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He has 36 years of experience leading citizen campaigns on health care, campaign finance reform, and other issues. As national campaign manager for Health Care for America Now he appeared on PBS's The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, ABC's World News Tonight and Good Morning America, Fox, C-SPAN, and The Colbert Report He was frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and I The Wall Street Journal
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-07-01:
Kirsch (fellow, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government) has been an advocate for equity in health care for most of his adult career and is the national campaign manager for Health Care for America Now. Kirsch provides an excellent account of the trials and tribulations of passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 in Fighting for Our Health. People who want to understand what goes on behind the scene in Congress, the White House, and interest groups must read this book. It also gives the reader an insight into the fortitude and the strength that it takes to further a career and a cause. Kirsch recognizes that the struggle for health care reform is not complete because of appeals to the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionality of the legislation and the role that the federal and state governments will play within health care reform. Kirsch promotes the right to universal health care as a social justice issue, and this book shares his perspective on how he managed to keep the health care reform issue alive in the US. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. S. J. Martin Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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This first-person account brings readers inside the biggest and most consequential issue campaign in American history. The book recounts how a reform campaign led by grassroots organizers played a crucial role in President Obama's signing historic health reform legislation in March of 2010.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Acronymsp. xviii
Introduction: The Great Questp. 1
Thumb Out in Both Directionsp. 7
The Solution Is the Problemp. 25
Building Health Care for America Nowp. 47
Ready, Set, Go!p. 65
Health Care in the 2008 Electionp. 83
The Economy or Health Care?p. 105
From the Ground Up - Championsp. 121
From the Ground Up - Swingsp. 143
The Happy Warriorp. 161
No HELP for the Gang of Sixp. 171
The Guns of Augustp. 189
The White House Wafflesp. 213
If the Insurance Companies Win - You Losep. 225
The Baucus Bill Is a Failurep. 239
Did the White House Try to Get Me Fired?p. 259
The House Makes Historyp. 267
Harry's Dilemmap. 285
Lieberman's Revengep. 301
Christmas Evep. 311
Not Again!p. 319
Stop Big Insurance - Congress Listens to Usp. 329
Fighting for Our Healthp. 345
Epilogue: The Fight Goes Onp. 357
Notesp. 373
Bibliographyp. 381
Indexp. 383
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