Discusses health care reform as a strategy for dealing with the failures of politics - not just the failures of the health care market. As former Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning for New York State Department of Health, the author presents a narrative about his work to develop a universal health care and insurance plan for the State.
Preface Acknowledgments 1. Life among the Divides 2. A Policy and Plan for a New Public 3. The War of the Policy Worlds 4. The Age of Market Populism Notes Index
"Dan Beauchamp's important book melds a personal odyssey, an abiding, passionate commitment to one version of comprehensive health reform, and highly disciplined political analysis. His years in the Cuomo Administration provide him with rich insight into how that scion of liberalism inched toward, but ultimately shied away from, major health reform in the Empire State. His provocative assessment of the missed opportunities represented by the Clinton health plan also deserves the attention of any serious student of health politics and policy." --Frank J. Thompson, Professor of Dean, Graduate School of Public Affairs, State University of New York at Albany "Dan Beauchamp is a singular and important voice in the ongoing health care debate. Instead of focusing on the technical details of health reform, he spins a compelling personal narrative, entices the reader into the truly important questions: How do health plans work politically? How can they change the way we think about health, health care and ourselves as a country? While economists focus on financing schemes, and bioethicists search for underlying values, Beauchamp probes how a health care system shapes our politics and affects our experience of who we are as Americans. His book is exceedingly valuable; it reveals just how much is at stake in health care reform." --Larry R. Churchill, Professor and Chair, Department of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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