In his book, FLATLINING: HOW HEALTHCARE COULD KILL THE U.S. ECONOMY, Ron Howrigon, President and CEO of Fulcrum Strategies, breaks down the complex system that is healthcare in the U.S. and helps people gain a deeper understanding of the issues that will arise in the coming years.

Now that a new administration and a new Congress are getting down to the business of trying to fulfill the Republican promises of repealing and replacing Obamacare, many people are trying to figure out what is wrong with healthcare and how can it be fixed. Will the new administration get it right or will they make matters worse?

"Healthcare is the largest single segment of our economy and it is quickly spiraling out of control," comments Ron. "This book can give readers an understanding of the healthcare industry, why it's in trouble - and what needs to happen to fix it."

With over 30 years of experience as a managed care executive, economist, and consultant, Ron Howrigon has a uniquely broad perspective on the healthcare system - and the view is an unsettling one. Noting the crippling economic impact of failure in the auto and housing markets, Ron Howrigon asks, "When will the healthcare bubble burst? How bad will it be and how exactly will it happen?"

FLATLINING: HOW HEALTHCARE COULD KILL THE U.S. ECONOMY presents a concise, comprehensible overview of the critical issues and challenges facing the economics of healthcare.

Readers will learn about:

  • The unsustainable rate of inflation in the cost of health care - and the "market adjustment" that could send the U.S. economy into a tailspin.
  • The three economic factors that explain why healthcare costs keep rising, and the changes necessary to reverse that trend.
  • The Affordable Care Act, six years on, its unanticipated effects on the healthcare system, and why the exchanges are failing.
  • How "Repeal and Replace" could set the stage for a meltdown of the U.S. healthcare system.
  • The prescription for the cure - seven areas where decisive action is needed to create a more sustainable model for health care.
  • How physicians and hospitals need to prepare for the "tectonic shift" in how they get paid.

The book is available for purchase at Greenbranch Publishing, in print or eBook, and Amazon.com (print and Kindle).