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Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair : Health Care and the Good Society - James A. Morone

Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair

Health Care and the Good Society

By: James A. Morone (Editor), Lawrence R. Jacobs (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 28th February 2005
ISBN: 9780195170665
Number Of Pages: 400

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In Healthy, Wealthy and Fair, a distinguished group of health policy experts chart the stark disparities in health and wealth in the United States. The authors explain how the inequities arise, why they persist, and what makes them worse. Growing income inequality, high poverty rates, and inadequate health care coverage: all three trends help account for the U.S.'s health troubles. The corrosive effects of market ideology and government stalemate, the contributors argue, have also proved a powerful obstacle to effective and more egalitarian solutions.
A clarion call for a populist uprising to end the stalemate over health reform, Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair outlines concrete policy proposals for reform--tapping bold new ideas as well as incremental changes to existing programs. This important work will be indispensable to all those who care about our people's health, inequality, and American democracy.

"[This] book will surely resonate in the thoughts of policymakers, public health and public policy scholars, and anyone interested in a fairer and healthier society."--The New England Journal of Medicine "Americans want everyone to have access to decent health care--yet in an era of rising economic inequality, our country is moving ever further from that ideal. Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair asks why this has happened, and illuminates the way forward. The arguments assembled here are not timid. Many readers will heartily agree. Others will demur. But all will be enlightened and engaged."--Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University and author of The Missing Middle: Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy "Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair makes crystal clear what many have felt and feared: that the nation's growing concentration and mal-distribution of wealth, besides breeding greater political inequality, financial corruption and money worship, also strikes at the health, physical well-being and life expectancy of less advantaged Americans."--Kevin Phillips, author of Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich "Inequalities in wealth, income, knowledge and class cripple democratic citizens; inequalities in health care destroy lives. There is no more important issue for America than health care, and no more pressing need that that of health care reform. In Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair, distinguished health policy experts offer a clear portrait of the impact of market economics on fair health care and make a powerful case for bold health care reform. Vital reading for social scientists, policy makers and citizens alike."--Benjamin R. Barber, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, and author of Strong Democracy and Jihad vs. McWorld "[This] book will surely resonate in the thoughts of policymakers, public health and public policy scholars, and anyone interested in a fairer and healthier society."--The New England Journal of Medicine "Americans want everyone to have access to decent health care--yet in an era of rising economic inequality, our country is moving ever further from that ideal. Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair asks why this has happened, and illuminates the way forward. The arguments assembled here are not timid. Many readers will heartily agree. Others will demur. But all will be enlightened and engaged."--Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University and author of The Missing Middle: Working Families and the Future of American Social Policy "Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair makes crystal clear what many have felt and feared: that the nation's growing concentration and mal-distribution of wealth, besides breeding greater political inequality, financial corruption and money worship, also strikes at the health, physical well-being and life expectancy of less advantaged Americans."--Kevin Phillips, author of Wealth and Democracy: A Political History of the American Rich "Inequalities in wealth, income, knowledge and class cripple democratic citizens; inequalities in health care destroy lives. There is no more important issue for America than health care, and no more pressing need that that of health care reform. In Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair, distinguished health policy experts offer a clear portrait of the impact of market economics on fair health care and make a powerful case for bold health care reform. Vital reading for social scientists, policy makers and citizens alike."--Benjamin R. Barber, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, and author of Strong Democracy and Jihad vs. McWorld

Contributors James A. Morone and Lawrence R. Jacobs: Introduction: Health and Wealth in the Good Society Part I: An American Dilemma 1: Ichiro Kawachi: Why the USA Is Not Number One in Health 2: Lawrence R. Jacobs: Health Disparities in the Land of Equality Part II: Corrosive Markets 3: Deborah Stone: How Market Ideology Guarantees Racial Inequality 4: Mark Schlesinger: The Damages of the Market Panacea Part III: Silent Groups 5: Marie Gottschalk: Organized Labor's Incredible, Shrinking Social Vision 6: Connie A. Nathanson: Interest Groups and the Reproduction of Inequality Part IV: Chaotic Institutions 7: Mark A. Peterson: The Congressional Graveyard for Health Care Reform 8: Peter D. Jacobson and Elisabeth Selvin: Courts, Inequality, and Health Care Part V: The Territory Ahead: Little Victories 9: Colleen Grogan and Erik Patashnik: Medicaid at the Crossroads 10: Elizabeth H. Kilbreth and James A. Morone: Kids and Bureaucrats at the Grass Roots Part VI: The Territory Ahead: Thinking Big 11: Lawrence D. Brown: Incrementalism Adds Up? 12: Benjamin I. Page: What Government Can Do Lawrence R. Jacobs and James A. Morone: Conclusion: Prospering in the Age of Global Markets Essential Reading Index

ISBN: 9780195170665
ISBN-10: 0195170660
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 28th February 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.4  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.68