One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance

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Oxford University Press, 2006 M10 9 - 288 pages
Every industrial nation in the world guarantees its citizens access to essential health care services--every country, that is, except the United States. In fact, one in eight Americans--a shocking 43 million people--do not have any health care insurance at all. One Nation, Uninsured offers a vividly written history of America's failed efforts to address the health care needs of its citizens. Covering the entire 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 at first 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. As the success of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-century led physicians and the AMA to start scaling back their attacks, the insurance industry began assuming a leading role against reform that continues to this day. One Nation, Uninsured offers a sweeping history of the battles over health care. It is an invaluable read for anyone who has a stake in the future of America's health care system.

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Quadagno's history of US health care and health insurance is strong, yet tries to cover too much in a relatively short book. It also seems at times that Quadagno phrases and describes events in a way to favor a particular political agenda, but this is generally not too distracting. Read full review

ONE NATION, UNINSURED: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance

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Every one of the Western industrialized powers guarantees its citizens comprehensive coverage for essential health care—except the United States. Sociologist Quadagno (The Color of Welfare, 1994 ... Read full review


Doctors Politics and the Red Menace
Organized Labors Health Benefits
Provider Sovereignty and Civil Rights
Dont Rock the Boat
Cost Containment versus National Health Insurance
The Revolt of the Corporate Purchaser
The Insurers Triumphant
Why the United States Has No National Health Insurance and What Can Be Done About It

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Jill Quadagno is the Mildred and Claude Pepper Eminent Scholar in Social Gerontology and Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. A past president of the American Sociological Association, she served as Senior Policy Advisor on the President's Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform in 1994.

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