Book Review: “Political Malpractice – How the Politicians Made a Mess of Health Reform”
Published April 15, 2012
by Don Mecoy, Senior Business Writer
Stanley F. Hupfeld, longtime CEO of Integris Health, wrote a book to save his television set. Growing increasingly frustrated with the political sound bites and cable TV coverage surrounding the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” Hupfeld starting writing rather than throw something at his TV.
The result is “Political Malpractice: How the Politicians Made a Mess of Health Reform” (Tate Publishing, $12.99, paperback), a fine primer for Americans wanting to know more about health reform. Hupfeld believes we are poorly served by the political rhetoric and cable TV news pundits involving “the often-uninformed rantings of those among us with the largest megaphones.”Hupfeld spreads his criticism evenly on both parties during the health care reform debate.
“On the most critical decision of this generation, we have let the least knowledgeable among us dictate the limits of our thought process,” he writes.
Hupfeld, thankfully, didn’t limit his thought process in producing “Political Malpractice.” The slim book, just 168 pages including foreword, preface and bibliography, is packed full of interesting tidbits and ideas.
Hupfeld recounts how the U.S. health care system developed into its unique status, what the major problems are with the current system, and how incentives in the current system affect doctors, insurers, hospitals, drug companies and patients — often in bad ways. He also offers a laundry list of potential solutions.