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Daniel E.


Foreword, by David Satcher, MD, PhD



Chapter 1

Making the Case for Health Reform


Chapter 2

Past Meets Present: The Historical Roots of ObamaCare


Chapter 3

Pulling Back the Curtain: The Advocacy for Health Reform and Health Equity


Chapter 4

The Fight Is On: Final Efforts to Pass ObamaCare


Chapter 5

Brushes with Death: How Many Lives Does ObamaCare Have?


Chapter 6

Breaking Down the Law: Understanding the Policy and the Politics


Chapter 7

Moving Health Equity Forward: Current Issues and the Struggle Ahead





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As I read the opinion and realized that the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act had been upheld, I felt euphoric and unspeakably relieved that years of hard work had not gone to waste. To appreciate the roller coaster of emotions, you would need to have been there from the beginning—be part of the vexing journey to pass this comprehensive health care statute intended to tackle the high uninsured rates, the fragmentation in delivering care, and so many other problems inherent in our health care system. As health policy developers, we are always told never to get too attached to our bills, but this was different. Too many people from all walks of life were depending on this law—their lives, their health, and their well-being literally depended on its passage and implementation.

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“...Daniel Dawes brings to life the extraordinary efforts of advocates, lawmakers, and citizens to increase access to quality health care for those who have long been marginalized and excluded...”

- Kathleen Sebelius,

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services



“...An illuminating study for anyone who cares about health equity!”

- Patrick J. Kennedy,

Former Congressman, author of A Common Struggle


“...He puts the law into context and powerfully explains what is at stake in the future for health reform.”

- Andrew Young,



“150 Years of ObamaCare is a masterful and thought-provoking, must read, exploration of health reform past, present, and future”

- Garth Graham, MD, MPH

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Minority Health



“This book tells the little-known and never publicized story about the work of congressional leaders―behind the scenes―to ensure that health equity would be a core goal of this landmark legislation. Daniel Dawes illuminates the nuts-and-bolts processes of getting it done and ensuring that certain communities would not again be left behind or left out!”

- Donna Christensen, MD

Former Congresswoman



“Daniel Dawes provides an impressive, brilliant, evenhanded and deeply convincing narrative on why ObamaCare matters, how it impacts different groups in our society, and what is left to do. This book should be read by everyone interested in health care, politics, health policy, or civil rights.”

- Louis Sullivan, MD

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services and

Author of Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine



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“A timely, definitive and illuminating book on the Affordable Care Act. I urge anyone who cares about effecting positive changes in our health system to read 150 Years of ObamaCare.”

- Regina Benjamin, MD

18th U.S. Surgeon General



“An engaging and highly instructive book, 150 Years of ObamaCare illuminates the continuing inequities in our health care system as well as the tremendous leadership by advocates and policymakers to overcome health disparities and achieve health equity for all.”

- Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice

President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine



“150 Years of ObamaCare provides a riveting account of the behind the scenes look at how the Affordable Care Act was negotiated to ensure that issues impacting vulnerable communities were addressed and prioritized, the current impact of implementation on these groups, and the future challenges and opportunities this law provides. This book should be essential reading for physicians, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals, behavioral health professionals and students interested in these fields.”

- Dr. Edith Mitchell

President, National Medical Association



“150 Years of ObamaCare is a salient contribution about the newly emerging healthcare paradigm.”

- Martin Hamlette, JD, MHA

CEO, National Medical Association



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