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Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care

The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle

Stuart Altman

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Essential reading for every American who must navigate the US health care system.

Why was the Obama health plan so controversial and difficult to understand? In this readable, entertaining, and substantive book, Stuart Altman—internationally recognized expert in health policy and adviser to five US presidents—and fellow health care specialist David Shactman explain not only the Obama health plan but also many of the intriguing stories in the hundred-year saga leading up to the landmark 2010 legislation. Blending political intrigue, policy substance, and good old-fashioned storytelling, this is the first book to place the Obama health plan within a historical perspective.

The authors describe the sometimes haphazard, piece-by-piece construction of the nation’s health care system, from the early efforts of Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman to the later additions of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. In each case, they examine the factors that led to success or failure, often by illuminating little-known political maneuvers that brought about immense shifts in policy or thwarted herculean efforts at reform.

The authors look at key moments in health care history: the Hill–Burton Act in 1946, in which one determined poverty lawyer secured the rights of the uninsured poor to get hospital care; the "three-layer cake" strategy of powerful House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Wilbur Mills to enact Medicare and Medicaid under Lyndon Johnson in 1965; the odd story of how Medicare catastrophic insurance was passed by Ronald Reagan in 1988 and then repealed because of public anger in 1989; and the fact that the largest and most expensive expansion of Medicare was enacted by George W. Bush in 2003.

President Barack Obama is the protagonist in the climactic chapter, learning from the successes and failures chronicled throughout the narrative. The authors relate how, in the midst of a worldwide financial meltdown, Obama overcame seemingly impossible obstacles to accomplish what other presidents had tried and failed to achieve for nearly one hundred years.

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly Review

Sep 05, 2011 – In this level-headed look at health care policy, Altman (a major player in reform efforts since the 1970s) and freelance writer Shactman tease out the paradoxes from the politics, arguing that there can be no functioning health care system without federal involvement. Fear of government-run health care has produced the world's most expensive system, which has parceled out coverage for the poor, the elderly, AIDS patients, and children, while leaving millions of others without options. Though Democrats like the late Sen. Edward Kennedy made health care their life's mission, it was Richard Nixon who tried twice to enact universal health care, only to be undone, in part, by scandal. Bill Clinton made the next serious attempt but crashes and burns, never getting support from Congress for his complex, revolutionary "managed competition" plan. In an ironic twist, Barack Obama finally secures the reforms (such as eliminating exclusions for pre-existing conditions) that Nixon and other Republicans sought, without making Clinton's political mistakes. The alphabet soup of health care jargon is made more palatable by a convenient glossary and a light sprinkling of anecdotes involving Altman's late mother who once asked: "Who designed this crazy system?" This eminently accessible study offers the answers.
Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Politics & Current Events
  • Published: Sep 20, 2011
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Seller: Random House, LLC
  • Print Length: 429 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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