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Steven Brill

Steven Brill's 'America's Bitter Pill' tackles healthcare mess

Steven Brill's 'America's Bitter Pill' tackles healthcare mess

When it comes to healthcare, the United States is a pitiable mess. As Steven Brill writes in "America's Bitter Pill," the country spent $3 trillion on it in 2014, far more than any other developed country; more, in fact, "than the next ten biggest spenders combined." It is also the single largest expense for most American families and a driver of social and economic instability for millions.

But for all that Americans spend on health, the care we receive is often inferior to countries with similar standards of living. Not only that: America is still the only country in the developed world without some form of universal coverage, with an estimated 30 million...