The book was well reviewed by the Journal of the American Medical Association and a number of political science journals.
Norman J. Ornstein, PhD of the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, and Thomas E. Mann, PhD of the Brookings Institution, Washington, wrote a book, Intensive Care: How Congress Shapes Health Policy (AEI/Brookings, 1995), about how Congress could improve its work in health policy.
This effort was part of the Renewing Congress project, a joint venture of the two institutes, which conducted independent research to inform the work of the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress.
Congress authorized the Committee to conduct a major examination of its workings.
The book's authors recommended that Congress improve its performance in health care policy by:
- Creating new committee jurisdictions and using an ad hoc committee to consider and craft health care legislation.
- Altering the budget reconciliation process to give committees such as Ways and Means more leeway to craft policies to fit under prescribed budget limits.
- Clarifying the role of Congressional oversight in shaping health policy, which mandates retention of an analytic capacity.
- Facilitating deliberation by conducting regular debates on larger issues.