Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Book Nook: Red Kool Aid, Blue Kool Aid: How Partisan Politics and Greed Undermined ObamaCare

ObamaCare – is it a right or a privilege? Leonard Zwelling, MD, sheds light on little-known details of perhaps one of the most talked-about enacted policies of President Obama's term in office in his book, Red Kool Aid Blue Kool Aid:  How Partisan Politics and Greed Undermined ObamaCare

I loved the title. My husband and I talk about "drinking the Kool-Aid" all the time, so it was funny to have a book that used that metaphor in the title. It was an interesting read, something that just made me even more frustrated about the whole process of bills going through Congress. It provided a good look at the money behind the bill, and a scary picture of what an influence money and lobbying has on what could be a good system.

"There's the Constitution and then there's reality,” say Dr. Zwelling.  "ObamaCare is a prime example of how Congress can undermine the Constitution because of partisan interests or the effectiveness of lobbyists.”

Meet Leonard Zwelling, MD, MBA – board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He has cared for patients and done laboratory research for most of his 40+ year medical career. He was also a medical administrator, overseeing the largest infrastructure for cancer research in the world for more than 10 years as the Vice President for Research Administration at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Additionally, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation health policy fellow serving on the minority staff of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Dr. Zwelling is currently an author, speaker, teacher and consultant.   

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