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

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

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.

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

Health, Policies

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

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.

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