"[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."
—Journal of the American Medical Association
"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
From the Inside Flap
-- 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.