February 21, 2013

What topic could possibly launch the longest piece written by an individual writer in Time magazine’s history?

Health care, of course.

Steven Brill, author, journalist, entrepreneur, stretches out over 36 pages and 24,105 words. The title is “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” and here it is for all of you wonks out there. Brill’s piece plops onto a hot public-policy griddle—the cost of health care in this country has long been an obsession of academics and journalists, and of late there’s been chatter about the possibility of “rate shock” hitting young adults on account of Obamacare.
Surely the article will be cited by many who’ve never read one-sixteenth of it.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.