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A look at Brill the elitist healthcare observer



Ron Shrinkman, writing in Fierce Healthcare, takes apart rich, elitist writer/entrepreneur Steven Brill’s new book, Bitter Pill, about American healthcare in general and the creation of the Affordable Care Act in particular.

Mr. Shrinkman writes: “Few ordinary patients–the true bearers of change in healthcare policy–appear in this book, and virtually all of them came from the¬†Time article {that Mr Brill wrote that was the basis of his book}. Mr. Shrinkman¬† suggests that Mr. Brill is full of the hubris and social isolation of the “1 Percent” — as the gap between the very rich and everyone else widens.


A big gap in Brill book


Peter R. Orszag, formerly an Obama adviser and now a Wall Streeter, says Steven Brill, in his book Bitter Pill, on the Affordable Care Act, fails to see h0w much the ACA has set in motion a dramatic long-term slowing in health costs.


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