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The most recent book by John Geyman, M.D.
Released January 15, 2016

HF_covThe Human Face of ObamaCare: Promises vs. Reality and What Comes Next

Published: January, 15, 2016 by Copernicus Healthcare

Paperback: $16.95 / ISBN 978-1-938218-02-6
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This book shows the human face of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare) as the stories of real patients and their families best illustrate continuing problems of our health care system. It also shows how many of the promises made by the Obama administration have not been kept. The big question now is: What next? The ACA has helped many millions of people since its enactment in 2010, but has fallen far short of what is needed to improve access, affordability, and quality of U. S. health care. Much of our population still cannot afford health care, and there is no cost containment in sight. Underinsurance is the new norm, with narrowed networks, high deductibles, and increasing cost-sharing forcing many people to forego necessary care. Here we take a comprehensive, non-partisan, objective look at the ACA almost six years after its passage. We also take an evidence-based approach to assessing three major alternatives for further health care reform: (1) continuation of the ACA with improvements as needed, (2) Republican proposals for its repeal and/or replacement, and (3) single-payer national health insurance (NHI).

Reviews

KIRKUS REVIEW
Review Posted Online: Nov. 17th, 2016
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/john-geyman/human-face-obamacare/

America’s medical system faces severe and worsening problems under ObamaCare and can only be cured by a revolutionary turn toward public health insurance, according to this exposé.

Geyman (Souls on a Walk, 2012, etc.), a medical school professor and former editor of The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, argues that while the number of uninsured has dropped because of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, spiraling costs and a decline in quality have left many Americans with unaffordable, inadequate, and insecure health care. He notes that tens of millions still go without insurance; that soaring deductibles and co-payments mean that even insured patients often face crippling bills or have to forgo needed care and drugs; and that out-of-network fees and other fine-print gotchas result in huge unanticipated costs that still bankrupt families. Meanwhile, he contends, insurance companies have reduced their coverage and drastically restricted patients’ ability to choose their own hospitals and physicians, requiring them to drop their longtime doctors in favor of strangers and endure long waits because shrunken provider networks don’t have practitioners who can treat them. Geyman pulls no punches in detailing the failings of ObamaCare, but he’s equally hard on the market-based reforms of Republican opponents of the system (“If the Republicans have their way, individuals and families might pay less for skimpy insurance products, but would pay much more for necessary health care”). Instead, he fingers profit-driven health care as the root of the problem, and advocates a Canadian-style, single-payer National Health Insurance program funded entirely by the government and delivered by private, not-for-profit hospitals and doctor groups. Geyman’s lucid and very readable (though sometimes repetitive) treatise has plenty of statistics to back up his arguments. But its heart is a series of individual health care horror stories wherein ordinary families find that ObamaCare promises of affordable treatments, universal access, and a choice of providers prove to be hollow. (One patient Geyman profiles was slapped with a $117,000 bill when an out-of-network consulting surgeon he had never met was called in while he was unconscious during a neck operation—a fee his insurer refused to pay). The result is a smart, savvy analysis that shows the human cost of a broken system.

A compelling, hard-hitting indictment of U.S. health care and half-measure ObamaCare reforms.

 

"This is a beautifully researched, deeply disturbing, and entirely useful book. Dr. Geyman cuts through the fog and explains clearly the momentous choices America faces in the next era of health care reform."

—Donald Berwick, M.D., president emeritus and senior fellow,Institute for Healthcare
Improvement and former administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

"In his new book, Dr. Geyman takes us beyond abstract numbers to explain why the Affordable Care Act is not by any means the final solution to fixing what continues to be for too many Americans a dysfunctional, inequitable and unaffordable health care system. He makes a compelling case for replacing our costly and inefficient multi-payer system with single-payer national health insurance."

—Wendell Potter, former CIGNA executive, senior fellow on health care at the Center for
Media and Democracy, and author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks
Out On How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans
, and Obamacare:
What's In It For Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Ac
t.

"In his latest book John Geyman takes stock, honestly and objectively, of the state of American health care five years into the implementation of ObamaCare. He examines the law's effects on our healthcare system, on the healing professions, and on individual Americans and makes a persuasive case the ObamaCare is unsustainable. He presents three possible scenarios for future reforms.After reading this comprehensive and persuasive critique, I am more convinced than ever that an improved and expanded "Medicare for All" system is not only the best for the vast majority of Americans but is the only reasonable option for those of us who believe health care should be focused on the prevention and treatment of illness rather than wealth-extraction from patients. The only question now is how much longer the public will tolerate the accelerating corruption of our healthcare system Geyman documents and the charade that masquerades in Washington as a real debate about health care policy. This book is a must read for any American who has been or will be exposed to the American healthcare system. That would be all of us."

—Philip Caper, M.D., internist with long experience in health policy since the 1970s,
and past chairman of the National Council on Health Planning and Development

Previous Books by John Geyman, M.D.

How Obamacare is Unsustainable
Why We Need a Single-Payer Solution For All Americans

by John Geyman, M.D.

 

Published January, 2015 by Copernicus Healthcare
ISBN paper: 978-0-9887996-9-1
Paperback: $18.95 / 328 pages with figures and tables

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Confusion and controversy have plagued the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) since its enactment in March 2010. Republicans have generally opposed the legislation and attempted to obstruct it in parts or repeal it altogether. Democrats have tended to support it, defending it against the opposition but wary of some of its problems. Patients and families are caught in the middle as the debate heats up in
election years.

This is the first book to take an evidence-based approach to assessment of the good and bad about this signature domestic legislation of the Obama presidency aft er fi ve years of experience. Th e evidence already shows that the three major aims of the ACA—to provide near-universal access to health care, to contain costs and make health care affordable, and to improve the quality of U.S. health care—are not being met. Evidence and experience show that the ACA’s approach to health care reform will not work. As it fails, the big question is what next? The case is made—on economic, social and moral grounds—that a single-payer improved Medicare for all system will meet the ongoing goals of reform. This book explains how all Americans can gain universal access to comprehensive health care, paying less than we do now, with more value and less bureaucracy


Health Care Wars - How Market Ideology and Corporate Power are Killing Americans / by John Geyman, M.D.

Published in 2012 by Copernicus Healthcare / 248 pages
ISBN paper: 978-0983773481
Paperback: $18.95 / eBook: $9.99

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While pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and medical product companies profit, taxpayers are getting squeezed at an accelerating rate. To make sense of the system and understand why the health care cost debate is only beginning you have to read the succinct words of one of America's wise men, John Geyman, MD. Regardless of what the Supreme Court decides and which party controls Washington, Dr. Geyman's words of wisdom will guide us for the foreseeable future. A must read for all interested in health care policy.

"Dr. John Geyman's Health Care Wars is a tour de force... — Ralph Nader, author of Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build it Together to Win

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Souls on a Walk: An enduring love story unbroken by Alzheimer's / by John Geyman

Published in 2013 by Copernicus Healthcare / 210 pages

 

Paperback $11.95
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PB: ISBN 978-0-9837734-5-0
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“I have been reading the memoir again, and find it as moving as the first time. I returned to it because a dear friend's husband is heading down the path your wife took, and I thought that it would be helpful to him. When I picked it up and started to address the envelope to her, I began leafing through it—and was hooked. You have given anyone who reads it a light into the darkness." —Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company

 

The Cancer Generation: Baby Boomers Facing a Perfect Storm - Second Edition
 

(2012) 304 pages, $18.95

ISBN paper: 978-0-9837734-3-6
ISBN ebook: 978-0-9837734-2-9

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Baby Boomers, America’s largest demographic group ever, is reaching ages when cancer is most likely to strike, transforming them into The Cancer Generation - They face rapidly rising costs of cancer care that place necessary care beyond the reach of millions. The landscape of cancer care in this country is changing, and our market-based system is failing patients and their families. This book shows the way forward, outlining eight steps to lasting health care reform.

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Breaking Point - How the Primary Care Crisis Endangers the Lives of Americansby John Geyman, M.D.

“As always, John Geyman’s feet-on-the-ground, eyes-on-the-horizon writing about health care in America brings lucidity to the topic... It is Geyman at his best.” —Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., Murdock Head Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, The George Washington University

“In Breaking Point, John Geyman explains why it is crucial for us to rebuild our primary care infrastructure, and how we can do it.” —Don McCanne, M.D., Senior Health Policy Fellow, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)

(2011) 234 pages, $18.95

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Hijacked
by John Geyman, M.D.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) is being spun as the answer to our problems of health care access, costs and quality. But the dirty little secret is that the reform effort has been stolen by the very corporate interests that have perpetuated and profited from these problems for years. The result is a bailout of a failing insurance industry and a bonanza for Wall Street. Most Americans and Main Street lose once again. The need for real health care reform remains urgent. This well-documented book charts a path to that end.

(2010) 290 pages, $18.95

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Do Not Resuscitate

by John Geyman, M.D.

Do Not Resuscitate traces the evolution and track record of the private health insurance industry in America over the last 80 years. This analysis reveals the extent to which the industry serves itself and investors before the needs of patients and their families.

 

(2008) 250 pages, $18.95

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The Corrosion of Medicine

by John Geyman, M.D.

“John Geyman shines a bright light on the challenges to professionalism in the 21st century. If our profession can respond to his call to action, both physicians and patients will be the better for it.” —Christine K. Cassel, M.D., President of the American Board of Internal Medicine

(2008) 345 pages, $24.95

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Shredding the Social Contract

by John Geyman, M.D.

“Dr. Geyman is a modern day Paul Revere. He warns America—with a stirring mixture of evidence and passion—of the wrecking ball the apostles of greed are taking to Medicare, a national treasure under attack.” —Robert Hayes President, Medicare Rights Center

(2006) 324 Pages, $16.95

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Falling Through the Safety Net

by John Geyman, M.D.
"For better and for worse, the safety net is what stands between millions of Americans and no health care at all. Dr. John Geyman's Falling Through the Safety Net provides a brilliant road map to this nation's patchwork of medical coverage for the uninsured. As a practitioner, teacher, and medical leader, Geyman has learned his way around the safety net first hand. His book reflects that knowledge as well as his resolve to move beyond the safety net and put a firm floor of medical care in its place. Falling Through the Safety Net is an intelligent instruction manual for dealing with our present dilemmas and a vital prescription pad for moving beyond them. Powerful reading for all." —Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, author, Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care.

(2005) 224 pages, $24.95

 

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An Open Cockpit Biplane Dream: Honey Bee III

by John Geyman, M.D.

A story of one pilot's delayed gratification of a long-held dream to own and fly an open cockpit biplane. Also a candid accounting of adventures and misadventures over a 2,500 mile flight from Texas to northwest Washington State next to the Canadian border. A personal journey that bears witness to the magic of open cockpit flying.

(2005) 100 pages, Published by Avian Ridge Books

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BOOKS BEFORE 2005 - BY JOHN GEYMAN, M.D.


The Corporate Transformation of Health Care - by John Geyman, M.D.
The author explores how the corporate transformation of hospitals, HMOs, and the insurance and pharmaceutical industries has resulted in reduction in services, dangerous cost cutting, poor regulation, and corrupt research. He sheds light on the political lobbying and media manipulation that keeps the present system in place. Exposing the shortcomings of reform proposals that do little to alter the status quo, he makes a case for a workable single-payer system. This is an essential read for today's practitioners, policy makers, healthcare analysts and providers, and all those concerned with the precarious state of America's under- and uninsured.

(2004) 328 pages, Springer Publishing Company
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Health Care in America: Can Our Ailing System Be Healed? - by John Geyman, M.D.
(2002) 441 pages, Published by Butterworth-Heinemann
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Written by a first-and-foremost clinician * Unique perspective sheds light on the urgency of health care reform * Provides a snapshot of our changed and changing system.Topics include major trends affecting health care, private verses public sectors in public health, improving access to health care, the aging population and its affects on health care, and principles and pathways for health care reform.

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Flight as a Lifetime Passion: Adventures: Misadventures and Lessons - by John Geyman, M.D.
An adventure-filled story of flying—the "low and slow" kind—including tail-draggers, gliders, hanggliders, floatplanes, and an open-cockpit homebuilt. Also a candid accounting of misadventures along the way, which illustrate variants of Murphy's Law, and on occassion led to lessons learned the hard way. This personal journey bears witness to the allure and to the wonder of flight.
(2000) 158 pages, Published by Avian Ridge Books
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Evidence-Based Clinical Practice: Concepts and Approaches - by John Geyman, Richard A Deyo, Scott D. Ramsey (Editors)
(2000) 178 pages, Published by Butterworth-Heinemann
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Due to recent developments in the healthcare environment, the science of evidence-based medicine has gained momentum and begun to influence practice and health policy. Based on the idea that the busy practitioner needs to learn the evidence-based medicine skills before applying the tools to everyday practice, this succint handbook acquaints the reader with this timely method of problem solving. After reading this text, physicians will be able to more critically read the medical literature, develop new skills of self-learning, better evaluate clinical guidelines, understand the techniques and limitations of cost and outcomes assessment, and apply the aforementioned skills to clinical practice.

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Family Practice: Foundation of Changing Health Care (2nd Edition) - by John Geyman, M.D.
(1985) 305 pages, Published by Appleton-Century-Crofts

The goals of this book are three-fold: (1) to provide an overview of family practice fifteen years after its recognition as a specialty; (2) to describe progress in the field in terms of clinical, educational, research, and organizational perspectives; (3) to show how this specialty relates to medicine as a whole and to the community.

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The Modern Family Doctor and Changing Medical Practice - by John Geyman, M.D.
(1971) 297 pages, Published by Appleton-Century-Crofts

This book has three objectives: (1) to discuss how the modern family doctor differs from the earlier model of the general practitioner; (2) to define the role of the family doctor and the expanding health team, and to ellucidate the projected content of his practice; and (3) to stress the urgency of the present crisis in health care and the consequent challenge to our entire system of medical education and the structure of medical practice.

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