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Parting at the Crossroads: The Emergence of Health Insurance in the United States and Canada (Princeton Studies in American Politics)

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As almost all newspaper or magazine readers know, Canada figured prominently in the turbulent U.S. debates over health care reform in the early Clinton presidency. Furthermore, future news analysts and policymakers will undoubtedly again use Canada to cite the "good" and the "bad" aspects of single-payer national health insurance. Beyond the debate about the desirability of Canadian-style health care reforms, Antonia Maioni sees another question: Why did the United States and Canada, alike in so many ways, part "at the crossroads" to produce such different systems of health insurance? She answers this previously neglected query so interestingly that her book will hold the attention of anyone concerned with health care in either country or both.

The author explores the development of health insurance in the United States and Canada, from the emergence of health care as a political issue in the 1930s to the passage of federal health insurance legislation in the 1960s. Focusing on how political institutions influence policy development, she shows that Canada's federal structure and its parliamentary institutions encouraged a social-democratic third party that became pivotal in demonstrating the feasibility of universal, public health insurance. Meanwhile, the constraints of the U.S. political system forced health care reformers to temper their own ideas to appeal to a wide coalition within the Democratic party. Even readers previously unfamiliar with Canadian politics will find in this book important clues about the "realm of the possible" in the uncertain future of U.S. health care.

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As almost all newspaper or magazine readers know, Canada figured prominently in the turbulent U.S. debates over health care reform in the early Clinton presidency. Furthermore, future news analysts and policymakers will undoubtedly again use Canada to cite the "good" and the "bad" aspects of single-payer national health insurance. Beyond the debate about the desirability of Canadian-style health care reforms, Antonia Maioni sees another question: Why did the United States and Canada, alike in so many ways, part "at the crossroads" to produce such different systems of health insurance? She answers this previously neglected query so interestingly that her book will hold the attention of anyone concerned with health care in either country or both.

The author explores the development of health insurance in the United States and Canada, from the emergence of health care as a political issue in the 1930s to the passage of federal health insurance legislation in the 1960s. Focusing on how political institutions influence policy development, she shows that Canada's federal structure and its parliamentary institutions encouraged a social-democratic third party that became pivotal in demonstrating the feasibility of universal, public health insurance. Meanwhile, the constraints of the U.S. political system forced health care reformers to temper their own ideas to appeal to a wide coalition within the Democratic party. Even readers previously unfamiliar with Canadian politics will find in this book important clues about the "realm of the possible" in the uncertain future of U.S. health care.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Ch. 1The United States and Canada in Comparative Context3
Ch. 2Parties and Institutions in Health Politics14
Ch. 3The 1930s: Early Impasse in Health Reform32
Ch. 4The 1940s: False Starts and Failures of Postwar Health Insurance Proposals66
Ch. 5The 1950s: Diverging Paths to Health Reform92
Ch. 6The 1960s: The Political Battle for Health Insurance119
Ch. 7Why Did They Part? Explaining Health Policy Trajectories in the United States and Canada153
Ch. 8Point of No Return? Policy Legacies and the Politics of Health Reform166
Bibliography179
Index199

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691057965
Author:
Maioni, Antonia
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Insurance, health
Subject:
Insurance, Health -- Canada.
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Health insurance -- United States.
Subject:
Health insurance - Canada
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Subject:
Political Science a
Subject:
nd International Relations
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives
Publication Date:
July 1998
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 16 oz

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"Synopsis" by , As almost all newspaper or magazine readers know, Canada figured prominently in the turbulent U.S. debates over health care reform in the early Clinton presidency. Furthermore, future news analysts and policymakers will undoubtedly again use Canada to cite the "good" and the "bad" aspects of single-payer national health insurance. Beyond the debate about the desirability of Canadian-style health care reforms, Antonia Maioni sees another question: Why did the United States and Canada, alike in so many ways, part "at the crossroads" to produce such different systems of health insurance? She answers this previously neglected query so interestingly that her book will hold the attention of anyone concerned with health care in either country or both.

The author explores the development of health insurance in the United States and Canada, from the emergence of health care as a political issue in the 1930s to the passage of federal health insurance legislation in the 1960s. Focusing on how political institutions influence policy development, she shows that Canada's federal structure and its parliamentary institutions encouraged a social-democratic third party that became pivotal in demonstrating the feasibility of universal, public health insurance. Meanwhile, the constraints of the U.S. political system forced health care reformers to temper their own ideas to appeal to a wide coalition within the Democratic party. Even readers previously unfamiliar with Canadian politics will find in this book important clues about the "realm of the possible" in the uncertain future of U.S. health care.

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