The Politics of Health Care Reform: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future

The Politics of Health Care Reform: Lessons from the Past, Prospects for the Future

By: James A. Morone (editor), Gary S. Belkin (editor)Paperback

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This distinguished collection stands out from the recent flurry of books on health reform by its sustained and sophisticated analysis of the political dimension. In The Politics of Health Care Reform, some of America's best-known political scientists, historians, and legal scholars make sense of our most turbulent policy issue. They dig below the jargon and minutiae to explore the enduring questions of American politics, government reform, and health care. The Politics of Health Care Reform explains how successful reforms occur in the United States and shows what is unique about health care issues. Theoretically informed, politically astute, historically nuanced, this volume takes an inventory of our health policy infrastructure. Here is an account of the institutions, ideas, and interests that shape health policy in the 1990s: Congress, the federal courts, interest groups, state governments, the public bureaucracy, business (large and small), the insurance industry, the medical profession. The volume offers a fresh look at such critical matters as public opinion, the politics of race and gender, and the lessons we can draw from other nations. The Politics of Health Care Reform is the definitive collection of political science essays about health care. Expanded from two special issues of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, the most prominent scholarly journal in the field it helped create, this collection will enliven the present debate over health reform and instruct everyone who is concerned about the future of American health care. Contributors. Lawrence Brown, Robert Evans, William Glaser, Colleen Grogan, Robert Hackey, Lawrence Jacobs, Nancy Jecker, Taeku Lee, Joan Lehman, David McBride, Ted Marmor, Cathie Jo Martin, James A. Morone, Mark Peterson, David Rochefort, Rand Rosenblatt, David Rothman, Joan Ruttenberg, Mark Schlesinger, Theda Skocpol, Michael Sparer, Deborah Stone, Kenneth Thorpe

About Author

James A. Morone is Professor of Political Science at Brown University and Editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Gary S. Belkin, a Physician at Massachusetts General, completing a residency in psychiatry, is Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.


Introduction/ James A. Morone 1 A Century of Failure: Class Barriers to Reform/ David J. Rothman 11 The Struggle for the Soul of Health Insurance/ Deborah A. Stone 26 Is the Time Finally Ripe? Health Insurance Reforms in the 1990s/ Theda Skocpol 57 Black America: From Community Health Care to Crisis Medicine/ David McBride 77 From Community Health Care to Crisis Medicine: Have We Learned the Right Lessons?/ Joan M. Leiman 96 Congress in the 1990s: From Iron Triangles to Policy Networks/ Markr A. Peterson 103 The Bureaucracy Empowered/ James A. Monroe 148 The Courts and the Reconstruction of American Social Legislation/ Rand E. Rosesnblatt 165 Dogmatic Slumbers: American Business and Health Policy/ Lawrence D. Brown 205 Together Again: Business, Government, and the Quest for Cost Control/ Cathie Jo Martin 224 Can an Employer-Based Health Insurance System be Just?/ Nancy S. Jecker 259 Revisiting the Employment-Insurance Link/ Joan E. Ruttenberg 276 The Pragmatic Appeal of Employment-Based Health Care Reform/ David A. Rochefort 283 Is Health Care Different? Popular Support of Federal Health and Social Policies/ Mark Schlesinger and Taeku Lee 297 The Politics of American Ambivalence toward Government/ Lawrence R. Jacobs 375 American States and Canadian Provinces: A Comparative Analysis of Health Care Spending/ Kenneth E. Thorpe 405 Regulatory Regimes and State Health Policy/ Robert B. Hackey 418 The Unknown States/ Michael S. Sparer 430 Who Gets What? Levels of Care in Canada, Britain, Germany, and the United States/ Colleen M. Grogan 443 Canada: The Real Issues/ Robert G. Evans 463 Lessons from the Frozen North/ Theodore R. Marmor 487 Universal Health Insurance That Really Works: Foreign Lessons for the United States/ William A. Glaser 495 Index 523 Notes on Contributors 553

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780822314899
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 563
  • ID: 9780822314899
  • ISBN10: 0822314894

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