Remedy and Reaction by Paul Starr
The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform

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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 legislation 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.

 

About Paul Starr

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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, he writes frequently on national politics.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by Yale University Press. 337 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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His account builds up to those years, by way of Nixon's efforts for family health insurance, as well as earlier actions, when health-care coverage and costs in the U.S., Britain and Canada were comparable—and therefore quite different from today.

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Paul Starr examines the history behind the health policy choices of the Obama administration.

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some of his most riveting elements draw on his experience working on the Clinton administration's health care push, as well as his sharp critique of Obama administration reforms: "Obama would go from a position that was good politics but bad policy during the election to a position that was good ...

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“Regardless of the results of the legislative challenges and the court fights, Remedy and Reaction elevates our understanding of the historical picture of the health care debate.”Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform by Paul Starr is a definitive history of h...

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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...

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