One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance

Paperback | October 15, 2006

byJill Quadagno

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Every industrial nation in the world guarantees its citizens access to essential health care services--every country, that is, except the United States. In fact, one in eight Americans--a shocking 43 million people--do not have any health care insurance at all. One Nation, Uninsured offers a vividly written history of America's failed efforts to address the health care needs of its citizens. Covering the entire twentieth century, Jill Quadagno shows how each attempt to enact national health insurance was met with fierce attacks by powerfulstakeholders, who mobilized their considerable resources to keep the financing of health care out of the government's hands. Quadagno describes how at first physicians led the anti-reform coalition, fearful that government entry would mean government control of the lucrative private health caremarket. Doctors lobbied legislators, influenced elections by giving large campaign contributions to sympathetic candidates, and organized "grassroots" protests, conspiring with other like-minded groups to defeat reform efforts. As the success of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-century ledphysicians and the AMA to start scaling back their attacks, the insurance industry began assuming a leading role against reform that continues to this day. One Nation, Uninsured offers a sweeping history of the battles over health care. It is an invaluable read for anyone who has a stake in the future of America's health care system.

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Every industrial nation in the world guarantees its citizens access to essential health care services--every country, that is, except the United States. In fact, one in eight Americans--a shocking 43 million people--do not have any health care insurance at all. One Nation, Uninsured offers a vividly written history of America's fail...

Jill Quadagno is the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar in Social Gerontology and Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. A past president of the American Sociological Association, she served as Senior Policy Advisor on the President's Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform in 1994.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:October 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195312031

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Table of Contents

Preface: Introduction: 1. Doctors' Politics and the Red Menace2. Organized Labor's Health Benefits3. Provider Sovereignty and Civil Rights4. Don't Rock the Boat5. Cost Containment versus National Health Insurance6. The Revolt of the Corporate Purchaser7. The Insurers Triumphant8. Why the United States Has No National Health Insurance and What Can Be Done About ItNotes: Index:

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"Quadagno, a distinguished sociologist with a long-standing interest in policy, explores a century of government attempts to create universal health care and the powerful forces that have defeated those attempts.... Her sociological insights illuminate a path to reform."--Judy GoldsteinBotello, The San Diego Union-Tribune