One Nation, Uninsured Why the U. S. Has No National Health Insurance

ISBN-10: 0195312031
ISBN-13: 9780195312034
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jill Quadagno
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Description: Every industrial nation in the world guarantees its citizens access to essential health care services--every country, that is, except the United States. In fact, one in eight Americans--a shocking 43 million people--do not have any health care  More...

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List price: $15.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Every industrial nation in the world guarantees its citizens access to essential health care services--every country, that is, except the United States. In fact, one in eight Americans--a shocking 43 million people--do not have any health care insurance at all. One Nation, Uninsured offers a vividly written history of America's failed efforts to address the health care needs of its citizens. Covering the entire twentieth century, Jill Quadagno shows how each attempt to enact national health insurance was met with fierce attacks by powerful stakeholders, who mobilized their considerable resources to keep the financing of health care out of the government's hands. Quadagno describes how at first physicians led the anti-reform coalition, fearful that government entry would mean government control of the lucrative private health care market. Doctors lobbied legislators, influenced elections by giving large campaign contributions to sympathetic candidates, and organized "grassroots" protests, conspiring with other like-minded groups to defeat reform efforts. As the success of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-century led physicians and the AMA to start scaling back their attacks, the insurance industry began assuming a leading role against reform that continues to this day. One Nation, Uninsured offers a sweeping history of the battles over health care. It is an invaluable read for anyone who has a stake in the future of America's health care system.

Preface
Introduction
Doctors' Politics and the Red Menace
Organized Labor's Health Benefits
Provider Sovereignty and Civil Rights
Don't Rock the Boat
Cost Containment versus National Health Insurance
The Revolt of the Corporate Purchaser
The Insurers Triumphant
Why the United States Has No National Health Insurance and What Can Be Done About It
Notes
Index

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