Dead on Arrival
The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth-Century America
By (author) Colin Gordon
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Dead on Arrival by Colin Gordon
Book DescriptionWhy, alone among industrial democracies, does the United States not have national health insurance? While many books have addressed this question, Dead on Arrival is the first to do so based on original archival research for the full sweep of the twentieth century. Drawing on a wide range of political, reform, business, and labor records, Colin Gordon traces a complex and interwoven story of political failure and private response. He examines, in turn, the emergence of private, work-based benefits; the uniquely American pursuit of "social insurance"; the influence of race and gender on the health care debate; and the ongoing confrontation between reformers and powerful economic and health interests. Dead on Arrival stands alone in accounting for the failure of national or universal health policy from the early twentieth century to the present. As importantly, it also suggests how various interests (doctors, hospitals, patients, workers, employers, labor unions, medical reformers, and political parties) confronted the question of health care--as a private responsibility, as a job-based benefit, as a political obligation, and as a fundamental right. Using health care as a window onto the logic of American politics and American social provision, Gordon both deepens and informs the contemporary debate. Fluidly written and deftly argued, Dead on Arrival is thus not only a compelling history of the health care quandary but a fascinating exploration of the country's political economy and political culture through "the American century," of the role of private interests and private benefits in the shaping of social policy, and, ultimately, of the ways the American welfare state empowers but also imprisons its citizens.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691119519
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Colin Gordon
New Deals, Hardback (August 1994)
This book, an economic history of the interwar era, is the first major reinterpretation of the New Deal in thirty years.
Business Cultures in Europe, Paperback (May 1993)» View all books by Colin Gordon
Examines the background to business practice in Europe of six major countries: Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands. Each chapter in this book tracks the commercial development of that country in the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, focusing on the business environment, special features affecting business, and more.
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Author Biography - Colin Gordon
Colin Gordon is Professor of History at the University of Iowa. He is the author of "New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics in America, 1920-1935".
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