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 commercial democracies, does the USA no longer have nationwide medical health insurance? whereas many books have addressed this query, Dead on Arrival is the 1st to take action in keeping with unique archival study for the entire sweep of the 20th century. Drawing on a variety of political, reform, enterprise, and hard work documents, Colin Gordon lines a posh and interwoven tale of political failure and personal reaction. He examines, in flip, the emergence of personal, work-based merits; the uniquely American pursuit of "social insurance"; the impact of race and gender at the healthiness care debate; and the continuing disagreement among reformers and strong fiscal and future health interests.

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

Using wellbeing and fitness 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 historical past of the overall healthiness care difficulty yet a desirable exploration of the country's political economic climate and political tradition via "the American century," of the function of non-public pursuits and personal merits 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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