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Dead on arrival : the politics of health care in twentieth-century America / Colin Gordon.

Gordon, Colin, 1962- [Browse]
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2003.
xiii, 316 p. ; 25 cm.
Politics and society in twentieth-century America. [More in this series]
Summary note:
  • "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.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: Why No National Health Insurance in the United States? -- 1. The Political Economy of American Health Care: An Overview, 1910-2000 -- 2. Bargaining for Health: Private Health Insurance and Public Policy -- 3. Between Contract and Charity: Health Care and the Dilemmas of Social Insurance -- 4. Socialized Medicine and Other Afflictions: The Political Culture of the Health Debate -- 5. Health Care in Black and White: Race, Region, and Health Politics -- 6. Private Interests and Public Policy: Health Care's Corporate Compromise -- 7. Silenced Majority: American Politics and the Dilemmas of Health Reform -- Conclusion: The Past and Future of Health Politics.
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