"We assess what was won and what was lost when the spoils were divided on the political battlefield. ... The same people who have made health care unaffordable, wasteful, and too often harmful were rewarded with an even larger canvas on which to paint America's health care future. In the end, with the stroke of a pen, health care reform merely shifts the risk of bankruptcy of individuals and families to the bankruptcy of the federal government. ... Health care has caught the same Wall Street fever that afflicted the banks. ... and has its own way of privatizing gains and socializing losses. ... The solution is to reduce the health care industry's culture of dependency on the blind generosity of the public." Book jacket.