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Show 993: Obamacare Successes and Failures

Where has the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, worked and where is it floundering? Our guests dissect the pros and cons of this health policy.
Show 993: Obamacare Successes and Failures
Jonathan Oberlander, PhD
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Obamacare Successes and Failures

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Americans frequently boast that we have the best health care in the world. While that may be debated in some quarters, no one doubts that our health care system is the most expensive. What makes American health care so pricey, and is there anything that could be done about it?

Evaluating Obamacare

One approach that has garnered a lot of attention is the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. It has been five years since this became law. How well are we doing with it? Our guests discuss the pros and cons of Obamacare from different angles.

This Week’s Guests:

Stephen Brill is an award-winning journalist, a lawyer and author of America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back Room Deals and the Fight to Fix our Broken Health Care System. 

Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, is professor of social medicine and health policy and management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His book is The Political Life of Medicare. The photo is of Dr. Oberlander.

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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