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Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform, Revised Edition

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In no other country has health care served as such a volatile flashpoint of ideological conflict. America has endured a century of rancorous debate on health insurance, and despite the passage ofthe Affordable Care Actin 2010, the battle is not yet over. This book is a history of how and why the United States became so stubbornly different in health care, presented by an e ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Yale University Press (first published May 31st 2011)
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A tremendously boring procedural book on healthcare legislation history. The author walks a narrow, dull line between characterizing and examining the players and exploring the ramifications of the new law. It's notable for neither and is overly simplistic, with a liberal slant that is not well masked nor justified by the content.

Adding a bit more since I'm off the plane.

Specifically, Starr sees the passage of the legislation as an achievement in and of itself. He's less concerned with the issu
To paraphrase Arthur Schlesinger Jr, “in a democracy politics is about something more than the struggle for power or the manipulation of an image. It is above all about the search for remedy.” Reform and Reaction is a history of the effort to find remedies that address the needs of the uninsured and underinsured as well as curtail the growth in healthcare expenditures.

Efforts to date on both objectives have fallen short. The US has extended coverage to a portion of the population--elderly, child
This is a very accessible history of health care reform. Starr wrote a Pulitzer-winning history of American medicine and was an insider who helped shape Clinton's health care plan. He gives a brief history of how America's piecemeal approach to health care has led to the overly complex and sometimes ineffective system we have now, and how both Democratic and Republican attempts to overhaul it have run aground due to its complexity and Americans who are just satisfied enough with their coverage t ...more
I've fallen in love with Paul Starr's mind! He's written a superb history of the politics of health care in America. I'll admit that it took a couple of weeks to get through, but that's because I got a little exercized at the notion that the U.S. alone of all the G20 countries, fails to provide for the health of all its citizens. Nothing I didn't know, but seeing the timeline of inequality laid out, complete with the well-meaning proponents being struck down at every turn... 'Nuff said.
The culmi
Sam Parish
Excellent historical overview of America's healthcare predicament and the future hope that the Affordable Care Act has instituted.Well worth reading. Paul Starr never disappoints. Good work.
Thomas Stevenson
An extremely thorough history of America's failed attempts at providing health care for citizens. Even the ACA turns out to have been crafted by too many giveaways. Starr is very good at explaining the opposition's concerns that having government provide coverage results in "a loss of freedom". He is less good at explaining why getting a subsidized service you didn't have, probably couldn't afford and will certainly need is seen as a loss of freedom.
Not exactly a page turner but I was glad to have some solid facts about health care reform in the USA. I also read his Social History of Medicine which was just as informative and dry. Did a lot of skimming in both books.
The first half read like a dry textbook, but this book is worth it for the analysis of ACA philosophy alone. Certainly a useful tool to actually be informed in health care debates!
Easily digestible chronicle of healthcare policy and politics in the US. Left me wanting for more detail in places, so you might say it's a victim of its own success.
Much emphasis on history and less on the actual reform. If you're looking for the latter, I suggest Jon McDonough's treatise on the subject.
Essential reading if you want to understand how we got to where we are when it comes to healthcare reform.
Excellent review of the politics of healthcare reform from Pre-Clinton on to 2010.
Awesome. A good synopsis of where we are at in healthcare reform and how we got here.
A bit dry, but definitely worth reading.
Fascinating book about the history of healthcare reform. Really makes you realize the complexities of the system and how we got here.
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