Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform

Remedy and Reaction The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform 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 legis

  • Title: Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform
  • Author: Paul Starr
  • ISBN: 9780300171099
  • Page: 414
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 withIn 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.

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    1. To paraphrase Arthur Schlesinger Jr, “in a democracy politics is about something more than the struggle for power or the manipulation of an image. It is above all about the search for remedy.” Reform and Reaction is a history of the effort to find remedies that address the needs of the uninsured and underinsured as well as curtail the growth in healthcare expenditures.Efforts to date on both objectives have fallen short. The US has extended coverage to a portion of the population--elderly, c [...]


    2. This is a very accessible history of health care reform. Starr wrote a Pulitzer-winning history of American medicine and was an insider who helped shape Clinton's health care plan. He gives a brief history of how America's piecemeal approach to health care has led to the overly complex and sometimes ineffective system we have now, and how both Democratic and Republican attempts to overhaul it have run aground due to its complexity and Americans who are just satisfied enough with their coverage t [...]


    3. “When America finally adopted critical tax and health-financing policies in the two decades after World War II, it ensnared itself in a policy trap, devising an increasingly costly and complicated system that has satisfied enough of the public and so enriched the health-care industry as to make change extraordinarily difficult.”Follow-up to Social Transformation, this is astute analysis of healthcare policy from the 1980's-2010.


    4. Provided a good, thorough insider perspective of the development and failure of the Clinton health plan and the subsequent developments leading to the passage of the ACA but could use a tighter focus and now needs to be updated to take into account the implementation of the exchanges and the aftermath of the 2016 election. Sadly, the battle over healthcare reform appears to be unending.


    5. I used this book in a Health Policy and Politics course. We read only a few sections of this book for the course; however, what we read I really enjoyed. I felt that it gave life and a personal touch to what could be a dry topic.


    6. A tremendously boring procedural book on healthcare legislation history. The author walks a narrow, dull line between characterizing and examining the players and exploring the ramifications of the new law. It's notable for neither and is overly simplistic, with a liberal slant that is not well masked nor justified by the content.Adding a bit more since I'm off the plane. Specifically, Starr sees the passage of the legislation as an achievement in and of itself. He's less concerned with the issu [...]


    7. I've fallen in love with Paul Starr's mind! He's written a superb history of the politics of health care in America. I'll admit that it took a couple of weeks to get through, but that's because I got a little exercized at the notion that the U.S. alone of all the G20 countries, fails to provide for the health of all its citizens. Nothing I didn't know, but seeing the timeline of inequality laid out, complete with the well-meaning proponents being struck down at every turn 'Nuff said.The culminat [...]


    8. An extremely thorough history of America's failed attempts at providing health care for citizens. Even the ACA turns out to have been crafted by too many giveaways. Starr is very good at explaining the opposition's concerns that having government provide coverage results in "a loss of freedom". He is less good at explaining why getting a subsidized service you didn't have, probably couldn't afford and will certainly need is seen as a loss of freedom.


    9. Play by play policy cum history leading to Obamacare/ACA. Informative but too interested in inside baseball in Congress and the White House. More explanation of some of the unerlying law and economics would have been helpful. Generally good. Starr's earliy book (Social Transformation of American Medicine) was way better.


    10. Not exactly a page turner but I was glad to have some solid facts about health care reform in the USA. I also read his Social History of Medicine which was just as informative and dry. Did a lot of skimming in both books.


    11. Excellent historical overview of America's healthcare predicament and the future hope that the Affordable Care Act has instituted.Well worth reading. Paul Starr never disappoints. Good work.



    12. Fascinating book about the history of healthcare reform. Really makes you realize the complexities of the system and how we got here.



    13. Much emphasis on history and less on the actual reform. If you're looking for the latter, I suggest Jon McDonough's treatise on the subject.


    14. The first half read like a dry textbook, but this book is worth it for the analysis of ACA philosophy alone. Certainly a useful tool to actually be informed in health care debates!



    15. Easily digestible chronicle of healthcare policy and politics in the US. Left me wanting for more detail in places, so you might say it's a victim of its own success.


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