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

June 4, 2013|
Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform by Paul Starr
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A leading expert explains how Americans trapped themselves in a costly and complicated health system—and came to fight so bitterly about changing it

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 the Affordable Care Act 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.

Paul Starr is professor of sociology and public affairs, Princeton University, and cofounder and coeditor of The American Prospect. His 1984 book The Social Transformation of American Medicine won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and the Bancroft Prize in American history. A senior advisor on health policy in the Clinton White House, ...
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Title:Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:360 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:360 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 in
Published:June 4, 2013
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300189155

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