Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth-Century America (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America)

Dead on Arrival: The Politics of Health Care in Twentieth-Century America (Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America)

Colin Gordon


Why, by myself between business democracies, does the USA now not have nationwide medical health insurance? whereas many books have addressed this query, Dead on Arrival is the 1st to take action in line with unique archival learn for the entire sweep of the 20th century. Drawing on quite a lot of political, reform, enterprise, and hard work documents, Colin Gordon strains a posh and interwoven tale of political failure and personal reaction. He examines, in flip, the emergence of non-public, work-based merits; the uniquely American pursuit of "social insurance"; the impression of race and gender at the wellbeing and fitness care debate; and the continued disagreement among reformers and robust fiscal and wellbeing and fitness interests.

Dead on Arrival stands by myself in accounting for the failure of nationwide or common wellbeing and fitness coverage from the early 20th century to the current. As importantly, it additionally indicates how a number of pursuits (doctors, hospitals, sufferers, staff, employers, exertions unions, scientific reformers, and political events) faced the query of overall healthiness care--as a personal accountability, as a job-based profit, as a political legal responsibility, and as a basic right.

Using health and wellbeing care as a window onto the good judgment of yank politics and American social provision, Gordon either deepens and informs the modern debate. Fluidly written and deftly argued, Dead on Arrival is hence not just a compelling heritage of the overall healthiness care challenge yet a desirable exploration of the country's political economic system and political tradition via "the American century," of the function of non-public pursuits and personal advantages within the shaping of social coverage, and, eventually, of the methods the yank welfare kingdom empowers but additionally imprisons its citizens.

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