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Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn against Government
In this incisive account, a prize-winning social scientist offers deep insights into the changing terrain of U.S. politics and public policy. Because of far-reaching changes in the Reagan era, Theda Skocpol shows, the Clinton Health Security bill became a perfect foil for antigovernment mobilization. Thus its defeat provides a unique window into the new political landscape ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published April 17th 1996)
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Jan 21, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Lennay Kekua
I have a better grasp now of why President Clinton's health reform plan failed.
Bill Clinton himself. Clinton could not maintain a consistent focus on health reform over the many months from his announcement of the plan in 1993, to its failure in 1994. Some of his attention and political capital was diverted by a budget battle, the passage of NAFTA, and crises in Somalia and Haiti. His and the public's attention was diverted by the Whitewater scandal. But more important, Clinton failed to consist ...more
As someone who isn't all that interested in politics in general but was assigned this book for a class in my program, I found this book to be quite interesting and very well written. Skocpol writes about the rise & failure of the Clinton health care reform in a way that doesn't overwhelm the reader with details, but thoroughly analyzes the multitude of forces that came together to ultimately kill the bill. It is a great commentary on the 'political games' in play during the 92-96 era, but th ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone trying to understand modern government bureaucracy or healthcare reform
Recommended to Leslie by: Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, my Health Care Policy professor
This is an interesting and insightful analysis of the 1993 Clinton Health Security reform, its failure, and the political and social institutions that aided and abetted the failure. It covers the major players, the major selling points of the reform effort as well as the background political issues that helped to frame them (huge budget deficits, low popular trust of government). Unfortunately, there appear to be many, many parallels to the present, and I am afraid Obama's efforts may similarly ...more
I read this (a study on Clinton's attempt at health care reform) during the health care reform process/debate in 2009. It was dry but enlightening reading. A bit depressing, at least for a liberal. Interesting commentary on recent American politics, and yields interesting comparisons with the Obama administration (not that these are in the book itself, it's pre-Obama). If you're interested in both policy and politics, you'll probably appreciate it.