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Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® (3rd edition)
Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® (3rd edition)
  • Explains how health care reform will affect all groups of Americans, from rich to poor
  • Concise, authoritative and dramatic account of how health care reform came to pass and the politics behind the bill
  • Details how it will improve America's health care system and improve health care for ordinary Americans
  • Authored by two of the nation's leading scholars of American politics
  • Includes a powerful final chapter on whether the new law will be repealed or watered down in coming years

New to this Edition:

  • Updated to cover the 2015 King v. Burwell Decision
  • Checks in five years after passage of the ACA to see how health care reform's performance is matching up to its aims
  • Shows that Medicare Advantage plans have remained affordable for seniors despite doomsday predictions of rising premiums
  • Provides new analysis of the ACA's funding, which represents the most progressive tax reform in decades

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by President Obama in March 2010 is a landmark in U.S. social legislation, and the Supreme Court's recent decision upholding the Act has ensured that it will remain the law of the land. The new law extends health insurance to nearly all Americans, fulfilling a century-long quest and bringing the United States to parity with other industrial nations. Affordable Care aims to control rapidly rising health care costs and promises to make the United States more equal, reversing four decades of rising disparities between the very rich and everyone else. Millions of people of modest means will gain new benefits and protections from insurance company abuses - and the tab will be paid by privileged corporations and the very rich. 
How did such a bold reform effort pass in a polity wracked by partisan divisions and intense lobbying by special interests? What does Affordable Care mean - and what comes next? In this updated edition of Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Lawrence R. Jacobs and Theda Skocpol - two of the nation's leading experts on politics and health care policy - provide a concise and accessible overview. They explain the political battles of 2009 and 2010, highlighting White House strategies, the deals Democrats cut with interest groups, and the impact of agitation by Tea Partiers and progressives. Jacobs and Skocpol spell out what the new law can do for everyday Americans, what it will cost, and who will pay. In a new section, they also analyze the impact the Supreme Court ruling that upheld the law. Above all, they explain what comes next, as critical yet often behind-the-scenes battles rage over implementing reform nationally and in the fifty states. Affordable Care still faces challenges at the state level despite the Court ruling. But, like Social Security and Medicare, it could also gain strength and popularity as the majority of Americans learn what it can do for them.




Introduction. A Turning Point for U.S. Health Care and Politics
Timeline of Health Reform Events
Chapter 1. Why Now? Broken Health Care and an Election for Change
Chapter 2. The Year of Pitched Battles: Who Fought for What, Why, and How
Chapter 3. How the Scott Brown Upset Strengthened Health Reform
Chapter 4. What Did They Deliver? The Promise of Affordable Care 
Chapter 5. Will Health Care Reform Survive and Succeed?
Glossary of Key People, Groups, Legislation, and Health Care Terms


About the author: 

Lawrence R. Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute and Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota.

Theda Skocpol is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and past president of the American Political Science Association.

"Health Care Reform and American Politics provides great insight into what really happened on the road to health care reform. If you really want to know how the system works--and how it doesn't--this is the place to start."--Senator Al Franken

Product details

ISBN : 9780190262044

Lawrence R. Jacobs; Theda Skocpol
240 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Dec 2015
What Everyone Needs to Know
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Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® (3rd edition)

Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® (3rd edition)

Health Care Reform and American Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know® (3rd edition)