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Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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-Robert D. Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute and former director of the Congressional Budget Office, 1989–1995
"A riveting journey through the history of US health care reform. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand America’s elusive search for universal coverage and affordable care. Altman and Shactman do the impossible—make sense of our complex health system in an accessible and compelling way."
-Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of The Political Life of Medicare
"Stuart Altman and David Shactman’s new book does a superb job of capturing the essence of the meandering odyssey of health care policy.... They describe the pivotal events and characters of the development of universal health care with the intimacy of good storytelling. The authors make you feel like you are there."
-Charles N. Kahn III, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals and former staff director of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, 1995–1998
"There is not an American who has been more active and relevant in the health reform debate for the last forty years than Stuart Altman. With his talented partner, David Shactman, he has produced a well-written, insightful personal recollection of the evolution of health reform. It is an invaluable contribution to understanding how all major reforms are built on the triumphs and failures of past attempts and cannot be achieved without the application of lessons learned, leadership, good timing, and luck."
-Chris Jennings, former senior health reform adviser to President Bill Clinton, 1994–2001
"Rendered more in the riveting prose of a spy novel than in the turgid text that usually emits from academia, the authors present an insider’s narrative of the major defeats and small victories in the century-old quest to provide all Americans, rich and poor, financial and physical access to timely health care without bankrupting their families."
-Uwe E. Reinhardt, PHD, James Madison Professor of Political Economy at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University
About the Author
David Shactman is a freelance writer who was a senior fellow at the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, and worked with Stuart Altman for eleven years. During that time, he was coeditor of two books: Policies for an Aging Society (with Stuart Altman) and Regulating Managed Care (with Stuart Altman and Uwe E. Reinhardt). He has also written numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals and trade magazines, including Health Affairs and the New England Journal of Medicine.
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The idea of universal health care has circulated among Progressives for more than a century, starting with Teddy Roosevelt. The path included some turns that seem surprising to us now, such as Samuel Gompers, the early 20th century labor leader, opposing it on the grounds that it would weaken the need for unions. Franklin Roosevelt studied the idea, but chose not to pursue it because he felt that it would detract support from his proposal for Social Security. These are examples of the political insights that Altman adds to the historical account.
The modern story begins with Richard Nixon who, according to Altman, came closer to establishing a national health program than any president before Obama. Nixon worked with Senator Ted Kennedy and Congressman Wilbur Mills to enact a program crafted in large part by Altman, who at the time was a deputy assistant secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare. It might have passed except for Mills being caught in in a Washington reflecting pool with a lady of uncertain reputation, Nixon becoming embroiled with Watergate, and Kennedy's continuing problems with Chappaquiddick. Nixon did, though, manage to enact the Health Maintenance Act of 1973, a "historic" piece of legislation that greatly expanded the availability of HMOs by requiring all employers to offer them if any health plan was provided.
The story continues with the Hill Burton Act, which requires hospitals to treat indigent patients up to a certain fraction of their business.Read more ›
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Finally, it's documentation of the Clinton health care failure and the Bush Medicare Part D success are instructive as to how health care in America is too political and not about outcomes and inefficiencies. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.
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It is perfect book gives inside of how policy is formed. Provides complete understanding of plus and minus in the light of political environment. Naeem Saleem MD.MPH.MSc.Published 22 months ago by NaeemSaleem
Reads like a novel and many of the stories could be developed into screenplays for a movie on Netflix or Amazon.Published on May 13, 2014 by Cynthia Eichner
Easy read and very informative. Must read for anyone concerned about health care. I had to read for a class but would have read on my own.Published on June 28, 2013 by DD
Got this book on the kindle for my class. Didn't like the class but the reading wasn't too bad. intersting book but not something I would read if it wasn't for class.Published on January 28, 2013 by Darnelle Bosquet-Fleurival