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Health care for some : rights and rationing in the United States since 1930

Author: Beatrix Rebecca Hoffman
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The 2010 Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare, as its detractors like to call it) is a sweeping reform to the US health care system. Despite the fact that nearly every other developed country in the world considers health care a right, the passage of the act in the United States was hard fought, due to a staunch and vocal opposition to universal health care among many American lawmakers. Why has the United States been  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beatrix Rebecca Hoffman
ISBN: 9780226348032 0226348032
OCLC Number: 772611086
Description: xxxv, 319 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Rationing and rights: history and definitions --
Rights and rationing before 1930 --
The Struggle for Health Care in the Great Depression: A crisis of access ; Social security without health security. --
Prosperity and Exclusion, 1941-1964: Health care at war ; Rights to refuse, the triumph of the hospital ; Rationing by coverage, the rise of private health insurance. --
New Entitlements and New Movements, 1965-1980: Entitlements but not rights, Medicare and Medicaid ; The rise of health care activism. --
Rights vs. Markets, 1981-2008: Emergency rooms and epidemics ; At the breaking point ; Rights, rationing, and reform.
Responsibility: Beatrix Hoffman.

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