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Author Quadagno, Jill S.

Title One nation, uninsured : why the U.S. has no national health insurance / Jill Quadagno.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.


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 UniM Bail  362.104250973 QUAD    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Doctors' politics and the red menace -- Organized labor's health benefits -- Provider sovereignty and civil rights -- Don't rock the boat -- Cost containment versus national health insurance -- The revolt of the corporate purchaser -- The insurers' triumphant -- Why the US has no national health insurance and what can be done about it.
Summary "One Nation, Uninsured offers a path-breaking history of America's failed efforts to address the health care needs of its citizens. Ranging across the twentieth century, Jill Quadagno shows how each attempt to enact national health insurance was met with fierce attacks by powerful stakeholders, who mobilized their considerable resources to keep the financing of health care out of the government's hands. Quadagno describes how in the first half of the twentieth century physicians led the anti-reform coalition, fearful that government entry would mean government control of the lucrative private health care market. Doctors lobbied legislators, influenced elections by giving large campaign contributions to sympathetic candidates, and organized "grassroots" protests, conspiring with other like-minded groups to defeat reform efforts.
Only with Medicare and Medicaid, coverage for the very poor and the old - two groups that private insurers don't want to cover - have we seen any success with government insured health care. Yet even as Medicare succeeded at mid-century and physicians and the AMA receded from the battle's front lines, the insurance industry assumed a leading role against reform."
Subject National health insurance -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Medically uninsured persons -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Health insurance -- Government policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Right to health -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Health services accessibility -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Health care reform -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Medical policy -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0195160398