Steven Brill’s new book — “America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals and the Fight To Fix Our Broken Healthcare System — hit the New York Times Best-Seller list the first week it came out in January.
In a review on the cover of the its Sunday Book Review section, the New York Times called it “A superb guide to the maze of issues in American health care and health care reform . . . America’s Bitter Pill is an energetic, picaresque, narrative explanation of much of what has happened in the last seven years of health policy. It is full of insights, contradictions, apologies, flashes of anger, tidbits of history, extended stories of awe, compassion, some glibness and moments of brilliance. Above all, it includes fascinating reporting on how crucial decisions were made involving the drafting and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. . . . It reminded me of a Bruegel painting. . . . [Steven Brill] has pulled off something extraordinary—a thriller about market structure, government organization and billing practices.”