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A Lost Cause

Bill Clinton's Campaign for National Health Insurance

by Nicholas Laham

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September 1996

Praeger

Pages 272
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General
Description

Bill Clinton's 1993-94 health care reform initiative was one of the most active and sustained presidential campaigns ever undertaken in support of a single social issue, and certainly the boldest attempt to establish national health insurance in the United States. An analysis of the Clinton campaign, therefore, reveals much about the politics of divided government in the late 20th century, the apparent end of the New Deal-Great Society approach to governance and the enduring democratic coalition which supported it, and, of course, the high stakes politics of health care reform. This study attempts to advance our understanding of why national health insurance has proven to be such a potent idea while seemingly impossible to accomplish. The work focuses on the political factors which derailed the Clintons' health care reform initiative, providing a case study of a most significant modern-day political and policy battle.

Table of Contents

Preface
The Political Obstacles to Health Care Reform
Clinton's National Health Insurance Plan: Addressing the Health Care Crisis
The Financial Relationship Between Congress and the Health Care Industry
The Health Care Industry Opposes Clinton's National Health Insurance Plan
The Republican Party Launches Its Campaign to Defeat Clinton's National Health Insurance Plan
Business Opposes Clinton's National Health Insurance Plan
The Division Within the Democratic Party Over National Health Insurance
The Collapse of Clinton's Health Care Reform Initiative
Why Did Clinton's Health Care Initiative Fall?
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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