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“Perhaps only a political and policy enthusiast like me would really enjoy this book.”
—Steven S. Sharfstein, Psychiatric Services
"This book is going to be a classic (and standard reference) in the field."
—Dr. Lloyd S. Etheredge, Director, Government Learning Project
"Experts discuss the interface of U.S. politics and health policies. This case study of Medicaid illustrates how good intentions to create health policy for vulnerable populations in the U.S. have been and continue to be influenced by state and federal economic issues; societal views of poverty, disability, old age, and charity care; and changing views of federalism, depending on the ruling political parties in office at stage and national levels....Interviews with key players and historical documents illustrate three phases of Medicaid implementation and growth: 1966-81; 1981-95; and 1995-2007. Extensive references, bibliographic sources, and glossary. Recommended."
—J.E. Thompson, Choice
"[S]tudents of health politics and policy will find this book the go to source for understudying how Medicaid became the nation's go to program for filling the health system's myriad gaps. Today, Medicaid expansions are fundamental to plans in, for example, Massachusetts and Vermont that aspire to universal coverage and in the health agenda of the leading Democratic presidential candidates."
—Lawrence D. Brown and Michael S. Sparer, Health Affairs
“Offering a panoramic sweep of the Medicaid program and its place in the U.S. health care policy and politics, Medicaid Politics and Policy: 1965-2007 represents an important addition to the health policy literature… Using an approach that organizes the story of Medicaid into distinct chapters that help explain this most complex of all social welfare programs, Medicaid Politics and Policy also illuminates the broader social, political, and economic currents that enveloped and that continue to swirl around the program… Medicaid is no less than the fundamental means by which a society that values markets in health care has made a place at the health care table for the poor, the sick, and the medically underserved.”
—Sara Rosenbaum, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law