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Medicare Meets Mephistopheles [Paperback]

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Let's say you're the devil, and you want to corrupt the American republic. How would you go about it? According to David Hyman, you might create something like Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly. Hyman submits that Medicare may be the greatest trick the devil ever played. Medicare feeds on the avarice of doctors and other providers, turns seniors into health care gluttons, and makes regions of the United States green with envy over the dollars showered on other regions. The program exploits the sloth of government officials to increase the tax burden on workers and drag down the quality of care for seniors. Medicare makes Democrats lust for socialized medicine, while its imperviousness to reform makes Republicans angrier and angrier. Most of all, Medicare allows its ideological supporters to bleat and preen their way to the heights of moral vanity. In the style of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, Hyman writes that Medicare has freed the self-interest of these mortals from its natural restraints. As a result, the seven deadly sins have blossomed. With epic political battles over Medicare and the future of limited government looming just over the horizon, Hyman uses satire to cast a critical eye on this mediocre government program.

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Pages   100
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 25, 2006
Publisher   Cato Institute
ISBN  1930865929  
ISBN13  9781930865921  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David Hyman is Professor of Law and Medicine at the University of Illinois. He served as Special Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission for three years, during which he was project leader for the set of hearings that resulted in this book.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Social Sciences > Political Science > Public Policy
2Books > Subjects > Medicine > Administration & Policy > Medicaid & Medicare
3Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > Poverty > Social Services & Welfare
4Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General
5Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Medical > Administration & Medicine Economics > Medicaid & Medicare

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Very entertaining!  Apr 28, 2008
This book is really a satire against Medicare. It is written from the perspective of one of the Devil's executives. This executive writes a memo (essentially the whole book) to his boss (The Devil) about how well Medicare is working out in their malevolent plan. I considered it very entertaining reading.
The devil made me do it.  Jan 3, 2007
Professor David Hyman has used the seven deadly sins to serve up an easy to read description of the Medicare mess. His satirical approach is both amusing and on target. I think this small volume is required reading for both the layman and the expert. The book supplies a historical perspective, and provides a useful focus on the Medicare problem areas. I think this focus and fact driven perspective is essential, if the nation is to make any progress confounding Mephistopheles.
In using satire as a vehicle for analysis, Hyman provides a biting analysis easy to digest.  Dec 11, 2006
No ordinary survey, MEDICARE MEETS MEPHISTOPHELES takes the form of allegory, and is written as a memorandum from an underling demon to the devil himself. Devilish details demonstrate Medicare's pitfalls and the foundations that only undermine honesty and encourage greed and profiteering. In using satire as a vehicle for analysis, Hyman provides a biting analysis easy to digest.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

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