Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair: Health Care and the Good Society

Paperback | August 31, 2007

EditorJames A. Morone, Lawrence R. Jacobs

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America may be one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet its citizens have lower life expectancy, more infant mortalities, and higher adolescent death rates than those in most other advanced industrial nations--and even some developing countries. In Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair adistinguished group of health policy experts pointedly examines this troubling paradox, as they chart the stark disparities in health and wealth in the United States. Rich in insight and extensive in scope, these incisive essays explain how growing income inequality, high poverty rates, andinadequate coverage combine to create the U.S.'s current healthcare difficulties. Ultimately, Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair not only identifies the problems contributing to America's healthcare woes but also outlines concrete policy proposals for reform, issuing a clarion call to end the stalemate overhealth reform.

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America may be one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet its citizens have lower life expectancy, more infant mortalities, and higher adolescent death rates than those in most other advanced industrial nations--and even some developing countries. In Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair adistinguished group of health policy experts pointe...

James A. Morone is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. He is the author of over 100 articles and essays and is a frequent contributor to he American Prospect R and the London Review of Books. His most recent book is Hellfire Nation. Lawrence R. Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies at...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 0.98 inPublished:August 31, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsJames A. Morone and Lawrence R. Jacobs: Introduction: Health and Wealth in the Good SocietyPart I: An American Dilemma1. Ichiro Kawachi: Why the USA Is Not Number One in Health2. Lawrence R. Jacobs: Health Disparities in the Land of EqualityPart II: Corrosive Markets3. Deborah Stone: How Market Ideology Guarantees Racial Inequality4. Mark Schlesinger: The Damages of the Market PanaceaPart III: Silent Groups5. Marie Gottschalk: Organized Labor's Incredible, Shrinking Social Vision6. Connie A. Nathanson: Interest Groups and the Reproduction of InequalityPart IV: Chaotic Institutions7. Mark A. Peterson: The Congressional Graveyard for Health Care Reform8. Peter D. Jacobson and Elisabeth Selvin: Courts, Inequality, and Health CarePart V: The Territory Ahead: Little Victories9. Colleen Grogan and Erik Patashnik: Medicaid at the Crossroads10. Elizabeth H. Kilbreth and James A. Morone: Kids and Bureaucrats at the Grass RootsPart VI: The Territory Ahead: Thinking Big11. Lawrence D. Brown: Incrementalism Adds Up?12. Benjamin I. Page: What Government Can DoLawrence R. Jacobs and James A. Morone: Conclusion: Prospering in the Age of Global MarketsEssential ReadingIndex

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"Inequalities in wealth, income, knowledge and class cripple democratic citizens; inequalities in health care destroy lives. There is no more important issue for America than health care, and no more pressing need that that of health care reform. In Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair, distinguishedhealth policy experts offer a clear portrait of the impact of market economics on fair health care and make a powerful case for bold health care reform. Vital reading for social scientists, policy makers and citizens alike."--Benjamin R. Barber, Distinguished University Professor, University ofMaryland, and author of Strong Democracy and Jihad vs. McWorld