Book Review: Emanuel, Ezekiel J. (2015). Reinventing American health care: How the Affordable Care Act will improve our terribly complex, blatantly unjust, outrageously expensive, grossly inefficient, error prone system. New York: Public Affairs.
The United States is currently in a state of exploration in determining how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will shape the future of health care. In the book Reinventing American health care, Ezekiel Emanuel- brother of well-known Chicago Mayor, and former White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel- sought to provide a comprehensive “primer” (p. xii) on the American health care system. Emanuel is certainly a qualified author for such a primer; he earned an M.D. and Ph.D. in Political Philosophy, has experience as a National Institutes of Health researcher, and was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is known as a supporter for universal health care coverage, and has written several books and articles advocating for health reform and universal health care coverage. His strong favorable opinion towards health care reform is similarly present in this book.