Getting It Done How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform

Senator Tom Daschle with David Nather

Thomas Dunne Books




368 Pages



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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.


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Part One
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Of all the stories from the summer of 2009, when town hall meetings across the country erupted in fiery protests against health care reform, there was one story that quickly made the rounds among Democrats on Capitol Hill. It was the perfect illustration of just how deeply some people’s distrust of government had affected their views of the health care debate.
It took place on Monday, August 3, right at the beginning of the month-long August recess that Congress traditionally takes. Gene Green,
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  • Senator Tom Daschle with David Nather

  • Tom Daschle is a former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader from South Dakota. He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor to the law firm of DLA Piper and a member of DLA Piper's Global Board. Daschle is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a co-founder of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington DC, and the author of Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis. He is on the board of directors for the National Democratic Institute, a member of the Health Policy and Management Executive Council at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Daschle is married to Linda Hall Daschle and has three children and four grandchildren.
    David Nather spent nearly a decade reporting on the politics of Congress and the White House as a senior writer for Congressional Quarterly. He has also covered health care policy in Congress for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., and lives with his family in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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