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Remedy and Reaction

The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform
Starr, Paul (Book - 2011 )
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"In no other country has health care served as such a volatile flashpoint of ideological conflict. America has endured a century of rancorous debate on health insurance, and despite the passage of legislation in 2010, the battle is not yet over. This book is a history of how and why the United States became so stubbornly different in health care, presented by an expert with unsurpassed knowledge of the issues.Tracing health-care reform from its beginnings to its current uncertain prospects, Paul Starr argues that the United States ensnared itself in a trap through policies that satisfied enough of the public and so enriched the health-care industry as to make the system difficult to change. He reveals the inside story of the rise and fall of the Clinton health plan in the early 1990s--and of the Gingrich counterrevolution that followed. And he explains the curious tale of how Mitt Romney's reforms in Massachusetts became a model for Democrats and then follows both the passage of those reforms under Obama and the explosive reaction they elicited from conservatives. Writing concisely and with an even hand, the author offers exactly what is needed as the debate continues--a penetrating account of how health care became such treacherous terrain in American politics"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Starr, Paul, 1949-
Title: Remedy and reaction
the peculiar American struggle over health care reform
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011
Characteristics: xii, 324 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Paul Starr
Contents: An uneasy victory ; The making of a national impasse ; A window for reform ; Choices and vulnerabilities
The genealogy of health-care reform. Evolution through defeat ; Progressive health insurance, 1915-1919 ; The New Deal and national health insurance, 1935-1950 ; The growth of the protected public, 1950-1965 ; Stumbling toward comprehensive reform ; Political deadlock, 1969-1980 ; Political reversals, 1981-1990 ; The American path in health insurance
Frustrated ambitions, liberal and conservative. The shaping of the Clinton Health Plan, 1991-1993 ; A new framework ; Clinton's decisions ; Getting to no, 1994 ; The Democrats' disorder ; The big turnabout ; The collapse of Congressional compromise ; Why no reform? ; Comes the counterrevolution, 1995-2006 ; Gingrich and the end of entitlements ; From bold leaps to baby steps ; A Republican window ; Return to crisis
Rollercoaster. The rise of a reform consensus, 2006-2008 ; Romney and the Massachusetts model ; Toward minimally invasive reform ; Making 2008 a health-care election ; Prepare to launch ; Breaking through, 2009-2010 ; Health care first ; Bipartisanship in one party ; Reaction and resolve ; Obama and the rollercoaster to reform ; Why health-care reform passed (and climate legislation didn't) ; The Affordable Care Act as public philosophy ; Fairness and equality ; Responsibility and freedom ; Federalism and finance ; Health and the public household ; Reform's uncertain fate ; Political backlash and the courts ; The peculiar struggle
Summary: "In no other country has health care served as such a volatile flashpoint of ideological conflict. America has endured a century of rancorous debate on health insurance, and despite the passage of legislation in 2010, the battle is not yet over. This book is a history of how and why the United States became so stubbornly different in health care, presented by an expert with unsurpassed knowledge of the issues.Tracing health-care reform from its beginnings to its current uncertain prospects, Paul Starr argues that the United States ensnared itself in a trap through policies that satisfied enough of the public and so enriched the health-care industry as to make the system difficult to change. He reveals the inside story of the rise and fall of the Clinton health plan in the early 1990s--and of the Gingrich counterrevolution that followed. And he explains the curious tale of how Mitt Romney's reforms in Massachusetts became a model for Democrats and then follows both the passage of those reforms under Obama and the explosive reaction they elicited from conservatives. Writing concisely and with an even hand, the author offers exactly what is needed as the debate continues--a penetrating account of how health care became such treacherous terrain in American politics"--Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0300171099
9780300171099
Branch Call Number: 362.10973 S7963r 2011
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 283-309) and index
Subject Headings: Medical policy United States History Health care reform United States History
Topical Term: Medical policy
Health care reform
LCCN: 2011019577
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This book by a Pulitzer Prize-winning author looks at the long struggle in the U.S. toward universal health care, and how partisanship and politics have long been an obstacle to change.


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