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Why Obama's Government Takeover of Health-Care Will Be a Disaster

By David Gratzer
Encounter Books 2009 ISBN: 9781594034602

About the Book

If Barack Obama has his way, the American health care system is headed for a train wreck. In this vital expose, Dr. David Gratzer reveals how a government takeover by Washington will put a massive new bureaucracy between doctors and patients, create rationing, and kill the spirit of innovation that has made American high tech medicine a world leader in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Dr. Gratzer, a first-hand witness of the failures of Canada’s healthcare system, shows why socialized medicine will make America sick. Examining the realities of existing health care in this country, Dr. Gratzer reveals how basic free market reforms can revive the private system we already have, without ruining the patient / doctor relationship, stifling scientific advances, and further devastating our economy.

Hardhitting and to the point, Why Obama’s Government Takeover of Health Care Will Be a Disaster takes us inside Obama’s high stakes gamble with our health care system and shows us why we should be afraid, very afraid, of the possible outcome.

About the Author

Dr. David Gratzer, a physician, is a former senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Public Interest, The Weekly Standard, National Review, and the L.A. Times. He is often quoted on health matters across North America. He was recently cited in the New England Journal of Medicine, as well as by such media as Fox News and the Kansas City Star. Dr. Gratzer is frequently invited to speak on health reform. He debated Congressman Gil Gutknecht on drug reimportation at the American Enterprise Institute, testified before Congress on the Health Care Choice Act, and keynoted the Long Island Health Care Summit after Senator Hillary Clinton cancelled because of a scheduling conflict. Other recent addresses include: the Couchiching Institute, the Canadian Medical Association, and the National Center for Policy Analysis. He is the author of Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System (ECW Press, 1999), which was awarded the $25,000 Donner Prize for best Canadian public policy book in 2000. Code Blue is now in its fifth printing. He is also the editor of Better Medicine (ECW Press, 2002), a collection of essays from leading health care thinkers in Canada, the United States, and Europe.