Politics of Medicare: Second Edition / Edition 2

Politics of Medicare: Second Edition / Edition 2

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by Theodore R. R. Marmor
     
 

On July 30, 1965, President Johnson flew to Independence, Missouri to sign the Medicare bill. The new statute included two related insurance programs to finance substantial portions of the hospital and physician expenses incurred by Americans over the age of sixty-five. Public attempts to improve American health standards have typically precipitated bitter debate,

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Overview

On July 30, 1965, President Johnson flew to Independence, Missouri to sign the Medicare bill. The new statute included two related insurance programs to finance substantial portions of the hospital and physician expenses incurred by Americans over the age of sixty-five. Public attempts to improve American health standards have typically precipitated bitter debate, even as the issue has shifted from the professional and legal status of physicians to the availability of hospital care and public health programs. In The Politics of Medicare, Marmor helps the reader understand Medicare's origins, and he interprets the history of the program and explores what happened to Medicare politically as it turned from a legislative act in the mid-1960s to a major program of American government in the three decades since. This is a vibrant study of an important piece of legislation that asks and answers several questions: How could the American political system yield a policy that simultaneously appeased anti-governmental biases and used the federal government to provide a major entitlement? How was the American Medical Association legally overcome yet placated enough to participate in the program? And how did the Medicare law emerge so enlarged from earlier proposals that themselves had caused so much controversy?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202303994
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2000
Series:
Social Institutions and Social Change Series
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.01(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Theodore R. Marmor is professor of public policy and management and professor of political science at Yale School of Management. He currently sits on the editorial board of both the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice and Journal of Health, Politics, Policy, and Law as well as on the international advisory board of the London School of Economics (Health and Social Care). He is an author or co-author of numerous books and author of over a hundred scholarly articles.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
PART I THE ORIGINS AND ENACTMENTS
1. The Origins of the Medicare Strategy
2. The Politics of Legislative Impossibility
3. The Politics of Legislative Possibility
4. The Politics of Legislative Certainty
5. Medicare and the Analysis of Social Policy in American Politics
6. Legislation to Operation
PART II THE POLITICS OF MEDICARE: 1966-99
7. Medicare's Politics: 1966-90
8. The Politics of Medicare reform in the 1990s: Budget Struggles,
National Health Reform, and Shifting Conflicts
9. The Ideological Context of Medicare's Politics:
The Presumptions of Medicare's Founders
versus the Rise of Procompetitive Ideas in Medical Care
10. Reflections on Medicare's Politics: Puzzles and Patterns
Medicare Scholarship: A Selective Review Essay
Glossary
References to Part I
References to Part II
Index

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