Medicare and Medicaid at 50: Americas Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care

Hardcover | June 26, 2015

EditorAlan B. Cohen, David C. Colby, Keith A. Wailoo

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For fifty years, Medicare and Medicaid have stood at the center of a contentious debate surrounding American government, citizenship, and health care entitlement. In Medicare and Medicaid at 50, leading scholars in politics, government, economics, health policy, and history offer acomprehensive assessment of the evolution of these programs and their impact on society - from their origins in the Great Society era to the current battles over the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). These highly accessible essays examine Medicare and Medicaid from their origins as programs for the elderly and poor to their later role as a safety net for the middle class. Along the way, they have served as touchstones for heated debates about economics, social welfare, and the role ofgovernment. Medicare and Medicaid at 50 addresses key questions for understanding the past and future of health policy in America, including: * What were the origins for these initiatives, and how were they transformed over time? * What marks have Medicare and Medicaid left on society? * In what ways have these programs produced innovation, even in eras of retrenchment? * How did Medicaid, once regarded as a poor person's program, expand its benefits and coverage over the decades to become the platform for the ACA's future expansion? The volume's contributors go on to examine the powerful role of courts in these transformations, along with the shifting roles of Congress, public opinion, and state governors in the programs' ongoing evolution. From Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama on the left, and from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush on the right, American political leaders have tied their political fortunes to the fate of America's entitlement programs; Medicare and Medicaid at 50 helps explain why, and how those ongoing debates are likelyto shape the future of the Affordable Care Act.

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For fifty years, Medicare and Medicaid have stood at the center of a contentious debate surrounding American government, citizenship, and health care entitlement. In Medicare and Medicaid at 50, leading scholars in politics, government, economics, health policy, and history offer acomprehensive assessment of the evolution of these prog...

Alan B. Cohen is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at Boston University School of Management, where he directs the national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research and Scholars in Health Policy Research Programs. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insura...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of AbbreviationsAlan Cohen, David Colby, Keith Wailoo, and Julian Zelizer: Introduction: The World that Medicare and Medicaid MadePart I: Origins, Vision, and the Challenge of ImplementationJulian Zelizer: The Contentious Origins of Medicare and MedicaidDavid Barton Smith: Civil Rights and Medicare: Historical Convergence and Continuing LegacyRashi Fein: Looking Back: The Early Days of Medicaid and MedicareJonathan Oberlander and Theodore Marmor: The Road Not Taken: What Happened to Medicare for All?Part II: The Remaking of Values, Relationships, and SocietyJill Quadagno: The Transformation of Medicaid from Poor Law Legacy to Middle-Class Entitlement?Sara Rosenbaum: How the Courts Created the Medicaid EntitlementMark Schlesinger: Medicare and the Social Transformations of American EldersPart III: Retrenchment, Reform, and ReactionMark Peterson: The Third Rail of Politics? Medicare's UntouchabilityUwe E. Reinhardt: Medicare Innovations in the War Over the Key to the U.S. TreasuryFrank Thompson: Medicaid Rising: The Perils and Potential of FederalismAndrea Louise Campbell: Independence and Freedom: Public Opinion and the Politics of Medicare and MedicaidPart IV: The Road to Affordable CareKeith Wailoo: The Era of Big Government: Why It Never EndedPaul Starr: Built to Last? Policy Entrenchment and Regret in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care ActJudith Feder: The Missing Piece: Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-Term CareJacob Hacker: From Servant to Master? Medicare, Cost Control, and the Future of American Health CarePart V: Looking AheadJames Morone and Elizabeth Fauquert: Medicare in American Political History: The Rise and Fall of Social InsuranceAlan Cohen, David Colby, Keith Wailoo, and Julian Zelizer: Conclusion

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"Fifty years ago, Medicare and Medicaid were enacted to help America meet the moral test of caring for its most vulnerable citizens-the children, the elderly, the sick, the needy, and the disabled. This volume of essays explores whether or not Medicare and Medicaid today remain true to thatvision. Written for a general audience, this book is a 'must read' for policymakers and private citizens alike." --Donald Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2010-2011)