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Author Gordon, Colin, 1962-

Title Dead on arrival : the politics of health care in twentieth-century America / Colin Gordon
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2003]


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Description xiii, 316 pages ; 24 cm
Series Politics and society in twentieth-century America
Politics and society in twentieth-century America.
Contents Introduction: Why no national health insurance in the United States? -- The political economy of American health care : an overview, 1910-2000 -- Bargaining for health : private health insurance and public policy -- Between contract and charity : health care and the dilemmas of social insurance -- Socialized medicine and other afflictions : the political culture of the health debate -- Health care in Black and white : race, region, and health politics -- Private interests and public policy : health care's corporate compromise -- Silenced majority : American politics and the dilemmas of health reform -- Conclusion: The past and future of health politics
Summary "Dead on Arrival stands alone in accounting for the failure of national or universal health policy from the early twentieth century to the present. As importantly, it also suggests how various interests (doctors, hospitals, patients, workers, employers, labor unions, medical reformers, and political parties) confronted the question of health care - as a private responsibility, as a job-based benefit, as a political obligation, and as a fundamental right."
"Using health care as a window onto the logic of American politics and American social provision, Gordon both deepens and informs the contemporary debate. Fluidly written and deftly argued, Dead on Arrival is thus not only a compelling history of the health care quandary but a fascinating exploration of the country's political economy and political culture through "the American century," of the role of private interests and private benefits in the shaping of social policy, and, ultimately, of the ways the American welfare state empowers but also imprisons its citizens."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject American Medical Association.
Medical policy -- United States.
Medical care -- Political aspects -- United States.
National Health Programs.
Health Policy.
Health Care Reform.
Insurance, Health.
Ethnic Groups.
United States.
LC no. 2002072257
ISBN 0691058067 alkaline paper
9780691058061 alkaline paper