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

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

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by Jill Quadagno
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195312031

ISBN-13: 9780195312034

Pub. Date: 10/09/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195312034
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/09/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
759,878
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. Doctors' Politics and the Red Menace
2. Organized Labor's Health Benefits
3. Provider Sovereignty and Civil Rights
4. Don't Rock the Boat
5. Cost Containment versus National Health Insurance
6. The Revolt of the Corporate Purchaser
7. The Insurers Triumphant
8. Why the United States Has No National Health Insurance and What Can Be Done About It
Notes
Index

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One Nation, Uninsured: Why the U. S. Has No National Health Insurance 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Matt234 More than 1 year ago
One Nation Uninsured is an excellent book for anyone who wants to learn why the Unites States is the only industrialized nation in the world that is not able to provide health insurance for all of its citizens. In addition, this book is simple and easy to read because each of the explanations for why the United States does not have universal health care is split into one reason per chapter, with eight chapters overall. First of all, the format of the book allows Quadagno to provide evidence for her evidence while still giving a summary of the events of the time period she is examining, which lends itself well to appealing to those who are not familiar with the specific points in history that support the author's argument. However, while the majority of the book leads to a compelling argument, the introduction, which is mostly made up of anecdotes, does make a very compelling argument. While these stories do pull one's heartstrings, they do not make a significant contribution compared to evidence shown in the rest of the book. Secondly, while Quadagno makes an excellent argument for universal healthcare, and why the United States should implement universal healthcare, she does seem to center her argument on the fact that the current system is unfair, which it is, but the question to this is: So what? The Constitution has no prohibition against unfairness, just as it does not mandate fairness. Just because everyone is not treated fairly does not mean that everyone should be brought to a lower level. In short, A Nation Uninsured is a book that, despite some flaws in the author's argument and introduction, is very interesting to anyone who wants to find out why and how universal health care was shot down throughout the 20th century.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now I understand why I got turned down by one insurer after another even though I am only 28, just because of an abnormal pap smear. This great book explains why Americans don't have the right to health care. Love this book.