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Politics of Medicare Revised Edition

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"[A] cogent, compelling, and still largely uncontested account of the passage of America's largest and most politically salient government health program."

—Jacob S. Hacker, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (symposium of reviews)

"The Politics of Medicare . . . can be rightly viewed as a founding book in the study of health politics. . . . The second edition of Marmor's book provides a glimpse of what an alternative view of Medicare—one more informed by political science than economic theory—would look like. . . . The Politics of Medicare is free of the thick language, models, and formal theory that make so much of contemporary political science unreadable and frequently unintelligible."

—Jonathan Oberlander, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (symposium of reviews)

"I do not believe . . . that there is any other single publication on this subject that has endured as well as The Politics of Medicare, or that prompted an invitation to revise an original volume so many years after its inception."

—Mark A. Peterson, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (symposium of reviews)

"[T]he second edition of The Politics of Medicare is a model of clarity, concision, and . . . accuracy." 

—Bruce C. Vladeck, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law (symposium of reviews)

"The substance of policies that are enacted is also shaped profoundly by politics and, in turn, shapes politics. Marmor's The Politics of Medicare recognizes this fundamental point and seeks to illuminate how the character of the program [Medicare] has followed so directly from its politics. . . . [W]hat will determine whether Congress changes Medicare [...]? The answer is the politics of Medicare—to which there is no better guide than Marmor's book." 

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"This new edition makes an extraordinary contribution to the literature of public policy and political science. ...[T]his book provides invaluable insights for anyone interested in legislative initiatives, especially in domestic policy, but also in foreign affairs. In sum: an extraordinary achievement."

—Graham Allison, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"Using the past to illuminate the present, Ted Marmor has produced an elegant, precise, and scholarly accounting of Medicare's tangled politics. Appearing at the dawn of the new century, this is a wise and important book that will perform an invaluable service in helping America to confront its demographic future."

—Finlay Lewis, Economics Correspondent, Copley News Service

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This new edition makes an extraordinary contribution to the literature of public policy and political science.The four entirely new chapters provide more content than in any stand-alone book I know on the topics covered. By treating the politics of Medicare as an exemplary, major initiative inpublic policy, this book provides invaluable insights for anyone interested in legislative initiatives, especially in domestic policy, but also in foreign affairs.The final chapters reflections on puzzles and patterns has even broader implications valuable to readers interested in state, local, and national governments, both foreign and American. In sum: an extraordinary achievement.

-- Graham Allison, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Scholars have long regarded the first edition of The Politics of Medicare as the definitive analysis of the political forces, interactions, and ideas that created Medicare. The second edition promises to assume the same stature as an analysis of the political evolution of Medicare since its inception. This book will be greatly appreciated by students of political science as a case study of the political structures, alignments, and ideologies that have shaped one of our government's largest and most popular social programs. It deserves a much wider audience, however, because it challenges many of the ideological assumptions that have supported proposals to reform Medicare over the past decade. By debunking these assumptions -- that Medicare could ever become insolvent or that it needs to be updated as a managed competition-based program, for example -- Ted Marmor succeeds not only in helping us understand where Medicare has come from, but also in illuminat! ing where Medicare policy should be going.
-- Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Newton D. Baker Professor of Law and of Medicine and Public Health, Ohio State University

Using the past to illuminate the present, Ted Marmor has produced an elegant, precise and scholarly accounting of Medicare's tangled politics. As usual, Marmor is on top of the news. Fresh struggles loom over not just health care for the elderly but over the role of medicine in society generally. Appearing at the dawn of new century, this is a wise and important book that will perform an invaluable service in helping America to confront its demographic future.
-- Finlay Lewis, Economics Correspondent, Copley News Service --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Aldine De Gruyter; Revised edition (January 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0202240371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0202240374
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Have you ever wondered how Medicare-the federal health insurance program for the elderly and some disabled--became such a hot news topic, or why its administration and benefit package (the lack of outpatient drug coverage, for example) seems so inexplicable and byzantine?
If so, Theodore Marmor's reissue and revision of The Politics of Medicare is the book you want to pick up. There is no comparable book of its kind. Other scholars have studied Medicare's origins. Journalists trace the ebb and flow of contemporary Washington battles over Social Security and Medicare. But Marmor, a Yale professor and health policy guru, has written the definitive analysis of how the political battles waged over health insurance and Medicare from the 1940s onward powerfully shape the debate over the program to this day.
Wondering why Medicare, unlike almost all major private insurance plans, fails to cover most prescription drugs? The seeds of an answer may be found in the fears of 1960s legislators that the unpredictable cost of drugs could swamp the program at its outset. Unsure why medical expenditures took off in the 1960s and 1970s? Partly because doctors, who had led the charge against a government-sponsored social insurance program for the aged, benefited enormously from generous rules that were designed to assauge their fears about participation. Puzzled how Medicare became such a political hot potato after years of uninterrupted popularity? Marmor deftly shows how the Reagan administration reoriented widely-held fears about medical inflation into narrower fears about the supposedly unsustainable cost of public programs.
Another reason that this astute volume bears reading, or rereading: Marmor shows that elections can really matter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
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I have read two reviews of this book in odd places, both of which are highly favorable. According to John Glasel of the Musician's Union in NYC, Professor Marmor's 'perceptive work analyzes the partisan squabbling that hs shaped Medicare over the years. The first part, a reprint of the first edition of this book, traces the history of the fight for government health insurance from the 1930s to the passage of Medicare in l965. The book's second part, completely new in this edition, brings the history up to date. Many scholars, according to Glasel, have long considered the first edition of this book the "definitive work on the subject. Its new edition should now be accorded that distinction." I agree with that judgement very much. So does Jeff Levine of WebMD's Washington Bureau, who described The Politics of Medicare as "a book for serious students of public policy," one which does not simply recite "historical facts" but analyzes the origins of Medicare and then, in a complex and thoughtful way, tells the story from l965 to l999.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
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Revised for the first time since 1973, Marmor's *The Politics of Medicare* still stands as the best single book on the political genesis of Medicare. In this valuable new edition, Marmor brings his classic analysis up to date while addressing the arguments of contemporary critics of the program. During an election year in which Medicare looms large, there is no better guide to the political past and future of America's public health insurance program for the elderly and disabled.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Walter Wieners on November 10, 2000
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The first edition of The Politics of Medicare, reprinted in part for the second edition, provides an engaging analytical structure for understanding the complex forces of governments and politics. While studying under the author, a gifted political scientist, years ago, the first edition was a cornerstone in our studies of healthcare politics and programs in the United States. The book equips the reader with the tools and knowledge to understand political forces well beyond the Medicare program.
The analysis of Medicare in the 1990s, found in the current volume, is excellent. This is an ideal time to read or reread the book since Medicare program changes will face our new President and the newly elected or reelected members of our House of Representatives and Senate during 2001. This fall I read the second edition and found the book very informative and enjoyable.
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