Summary: With the demise of the Clinton health care reform plan, the debate on health care changed but did not subside. From opinion pieces in newspapers to dinner-table conversations, the debate over whether the right to quality health care is a public right, akin to educating our children, or whether it is a private one, akin to life insurance, continues. In The Accidental System Michael Reagan shows that in the American political context, health care is neither exclusively
a public right nor a private privilege. This insightful policy study provides students with an excellent demonstration of how public policy intersects with private markets.
Summary: With the demise of the Clinton health care reform plan, the debate on health care changed but did not subside. From opinion pieces in newspapers to dinner-table conversations, the debate over whether the right to quality health care is a public right, akin to educating our children, or whether it is a private one, akin to life insurance, continues. In The Accidental System Michael Reagan shows that in the American political context, health care is neither exclusively a public right nor a private privilege. This insightful policy study provides students with an excellent demonstration of how public policy intersects with private markets. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:99 Cover: Print On Demand Publisher:Westview Press, Inc. Year Published: 1999 International: No
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Reagan, Michael D. : University of California--Riverside
Michael D. Reagan is professor emeritus at the University of California at Riverside and has authored numerous publications on American government and politics, including books such as Regulation: The Politics of Policy and Curing the Crisis, and articles on health care in The New England Journal of Medicine.
"Michael Reagan has written a brief, focused book that presents a case for major changes in the American health-care system. Even readers who disagree with his conclusions will find his analysis provocative."
--Ryan J. Barilleaux, Miami University
"Michael Reagan has done an excellent job. He clearly lays out the issues involved in American health care policies - ranging from health care 'rights' to economic concerns. Reagan does a superb job of explaining the incremental and often 'accidental' road U.S. health care policy has taken. It is one of the best health policy books in the field."
--Christopher Stream, University of Idaho
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The Basic Dilemma: Is Health Care a Right or a Market Commodity? The Accidental System The Stakeholders and the Policy Process Beneath the Dilemmas, the Trilemma Medicare and Medicaid: The Entitlement Dilemmas Good Health Care at Lower Cost: How Do Other Nations Do It? Managed Care: Boon or Bane? Both! Controlling Costs: Mission Impossible? A Sensible Wild Idea: Universalize Medicare
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