Power, politics, and universal health care : the inside story of a century-long balttle / Stuart H. Altman and David Shactman ; foreword by John Kerry.Material type: BookPublisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2011Description: 429 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781616144562 (cloth : acidfree paper).Subject(s): Medical policy -- United States | Health care reform -- United States | Health Care Reform -- history -- United States | Health Policy -- United States | History, 20th Century -- United States | History, 21st Century -- United States | Politics -- United States | Universal Coverage -- United StatesDDC classification: 362.10973
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-406) and index.
Nixon comes close : our plan looks like a slam dunk, but ends with just a dunk -- Clinton chooses wrong : the colossal defeat of managed competition -- The past foreshadows the present : early attempts with little success -- The Hill-Burton program : how America's uninsured poor got a right to free hospital care -- The three-layer cake : Lyndon Johnson, Wilbur Mills, and the epic battle to enact medicare -- Oops! the brief life and death of medicare catastrophic -- Ted Kennedy and the Republican Congress : HIPAA and SCHIP add two more pieces to the puzzle -- The unlikely saga of the medicare prescription drug benefit -- Controlling health costs : many attempts but few successes -- The last 20 years : health care spending keeps growing -- Obama develops his plan -- Early players and done deals -- Baucus, Grassley, and the gang of six -- The summer of death panels -- The speaker carries the day -- The Senate and the Christmas Eve health bill -- Success at last -- How he did it : a political strategy learned from history -- The future is cost control.