Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform

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Yale University Press, 2011 - Medical - 324 pages
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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 bo

 

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REMEDY AND REACTION: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform

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Starr provides a roadmap to the evolution of the health-care debate, a profile of participants and an explanation and interpretation of ideological jargon in a readable way.Pulitzer winner and ... Read full review

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Q. Was it a good book? A. Not for me. The politics were far too confusing for me. But Paul was writing for an academic readership, I think. Or people who really know a lot about health care. Paul was a Bill Clinton adviser on health care, also a Princeton professor, and has written extensively in this area. But this is not a memoir, which might have been more interesting. Q. What does Paul write, then? A. Paul goes step by step through the efforts by the federal government to legislate health care, starting with the Progressives after World War I up to so called Obamacare. He does bring out the many facets in politics, the big animal it really is, how difficult to get anything done. I got tired of reading about the politics of healthcare way before the end of the book. Actually, the last few chapters, covering Obamacare, were the most interesting to me. Q. What did you learn about Obamacare? A. I am 65 and already on Medicare. I checked with my wife, who knows more about our Medicare than I do. We bought into a health maintenance organization, Kaiser, and little or nothing will change for us. Q. So would you recommend this book for general readers? A. No. Read the last two or three chapters on Obamacare, that is enough. You will be more informed about the Affordable Care Act and how it does or does not affect you. Like all new laws, well most new laws, it is not simple. It reminds of the tax code, but most federal laws are complex. That could be one reason why many citizens do not like new laws. You need an interpreter or a translator to understand them. Paul is our translator here.  

Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
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1Evolution through Defeat
2Stumbling toward Comprehensive Reform
3The Shaping of the Clinton Health Plan 19911993
4Getting to No 1994
5Comes the Counterrevolution l9952006
6The Rise of a Reform Consensus 20062008
7Breaking Through 20092010
8The Affordable Care Act as Public Philosophy
9Reforrns Uncertain Fate
Notes
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PAUL STARR is Professor of Sociology at Princeton. His The Social Transformation of American Medicine won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. He is the co-editor of The American Prospect, lectures widely, and has consulted to the government on healthcare issues. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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