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American healthcare spending reached $2.4 trillion in 2008 and will exceed $4 trillion by 2018, with costs soaring at two to three times the rate of inflation. Traditional health insurance options haven't just failed to stop the bleeding, they've also kept Americans in the dark and robbed them of choice. Everyone is responsible for a small part of healthcare spending, and individuals have the power to turn the situation around. Consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) put knowledge and power back into people's hands.

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Hal Luft presents a comprehensive new proposal that would create a system with the quality of care patients want, the flexibility clinicians need and the internal dynamics to continually improve the value of health care. SecureChoice is a plan that restructures payment for medical care, harnessing the flexibility and responsiveness of the market by aligning the incentives of clinicians, hospitals and insurers with those of the patient. It uses the accountability of government to ensure transparency, competition and equity.

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Dr. Regina Herzlinger, a professor at Harvard Business School and one of the country's foremost health care analysts. She has won numerous awards and has lectured on health care hundreds of times. She has been named by Modern Health Care as one of the most powerful people in health care. In her book Who Killed Health Care?, Herzlinger exposes the methods of those who have crippled America's health care system and outlines a bold new plan for a system to deliver affordable high quality care to everyone.

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Mr. Cannon is the Cato Institute's director of health policy studies. Previously, he served as a domestic policy analyst for the U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee where he advised the Senate leadership on health, education, labor, welfare and the Second Amendment. Cannon has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News Channel and NPR.

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Using cutting-edge technologies and consumer-driven alternatives, Christensen, Grossman and Hwang show business, insurance companies and health workers how to lower costs, improve care and streamline the process, benefiting companies, doctors and patients alike. This is real innovation at work, an eye-opening manifesto that's sure to spark international debate—and much-needed change—for generations to come.

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Sort through the myths, secrets and misconception of the U.S. health care system to learn what you need to know to make wise decisions about your health care future. In these pages you will find a simple understanding of U.S. health care, how you can control it and how the outcome of the health care debate may determine the quality and length of your life. Also find out how the United States compares to the health care systems in other modern nations, such as Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, France and Germany. America does not have a health care quality crisis—it’s the cost of health care that’s the issue. Tomorrow’s health care, when compared to today, can be more exciting, more beneficial, save more lives, reduce more suffering and give you more for your health care dollar if you make the right choice.

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America's health care troubles stem largely from a great success: Modern medicine can do much more today than in the past. The problem is how to pay for it. In easy to understand prose, MIT-trained economist Arnold Kling explains better ways of financing health care by relying less on government and more on private savings and insurance. A must-read for health care reformers.

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