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Senator Tom Daschle is the ideal person to recount the lengthy, frustrating, and complicated evolution of health care reform. His account will guide students through the entire story, from the earliest presidential campaign debates—and his firsthand experiences on the Obama team—through the battles fought over America's most serious health care problems on Capitol Hill. Not simply a book about policy, Daschle’s narrative describes in vivid detail how fragile the support in Congress was at every step of the way, as well as the frantic efforts to design a rescue strategy before time ran out.
Combining Daschle's insights as a health care expert and his political expertise, this is the inside story about how the new legislation came together: from President Obama's persistence to the subsequent efforts—and counter efforts—within the Senate and the House. In Daschle's hands, this becomes a powerful story and a remarkable lesson in politics at the highest level.