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Empowering Health Care Consumers through Tax Reform Paperback – October 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472067168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472067169
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,388,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Todd Winer on September 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
Health care reform has been a prominent issue in this year's presidential election and will be a top priority for the next administration. In spite of the campaign rhetoric, however, a political consensus armed with concrete solutions has remained elusive. The largest push for health care reform has come from liberal Democrats. They claim that working Americans fork over too much money to a health care system that is low in quality and leaves too many out in the cold. To some extent, these critics are correct. Health care costs have been surging for years and there is a disturbing number of Americans who do not have insurance. These trends are especially alarming with the graying of the Baby Boom generation. Unfortunately, the shortcomings of our health system have become an excuse for more government intervention in the economy. Nearly all of the reform proposals in Washington insist on tighter government control over an industry which wields the power of life and death - literally. The new power would then rest in bureaucracies possessing the compassion of the IRS and the efficiency of the post office. For those Americans who support reform but suspect the ability of Washington, this book will raise your conscience and offer real solutions. The theme is that shortcomings in our health care system do not imply that the private sector can not work in this part of the economy. The authors point out that, surprisingly, the private market has never been given a chance to work here. Health care is actually the most regulated industry in America. The authors suggest that instead of imposing more regulation and adding more levels of bureaucracy, policymakers should take a more original approach.Read more ›
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