Today's Health Care Issues
Democrats and Republicans
by Robert B. Hackey and Todd M. Olszewski
August 2021, 380pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6915-0
$97, £72, 84€, A132
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Health care accounts for more than one out of every six dollars in the U.S. economy.

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to significant U.S. health policy controversies, including Democratic and Republican responses to the coronavirus pandemic. It explores partisan divisions, major challenges, and policy preferences of key Democratic and Republican stakeholders.

This volume provides readers with a broad overview of a variety of issues in contemporary health policy that span health care reform, health insurance, pharmaceuticals, public health, health care for underserved populations, and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The book explores the politics of each issue, drawing upon historical evidence, legislative research, public opinion polls, and the views of key decision makers from both Democratic and Republican perspectives. This coverage provides readers with a clear sense of how policymakers from each party think about the issues involved.

This resource devotes special attention to the COVID-19 public health crisis, providing authoritative coverage of the actions, rhetoric, and policy choices of President Trump and his administration, governors across the nation, and leaders of Congress from both parties. This chapter, like all others in the book, is written so that it is accessible to readers from a variety of audience levels, including students and general readers.


  • Identifies key milestones and policy decisions that shape contemporary debates over each issue
  • Uses a nonpartisan, unbiased, and impartial lens to help readers understand not only where parties stand on contested health policy issues, but how these disagreements reflect larger ideological and partisan views
  • Brings both a historical perspective and a detailed view of policymaking—and the role of political institutions—to each topic addressed
  • Informs readers about the ethical, historical, and legal context of each issue
  • Provides a chronology of events in U.S. health care policy
  • Includes further readings of important and illuminating sources at the end of each chapter
Robert B. Hackey, PhD, is professor of health policy and management at Providence College. He is author of Cries of Crisis: Rethinking the Health Care Debate, The New Politics of State Health Policy, and Rethinking Health Policy: The New Politics of State Regulation.

Todd M. Olszewski, PhD, is associate professor of health policy and management at Providence College, where he also serves as associate director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.


"With misinformation and disinformation everywhere, a book that provides facts without an agenda is a welcome resource for public, academic, and consumer health collections."—Library Journal, November 1, 2021

"This book fulfills its promise to provide a 'nonpartisan, unbiased, and impartial lens' on health care politics in the US today... Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. Graduate students. General readers."—Choice, April 1, 2022

Across the Aisle

The Across the Aisle series was crafted to help students and the general public understand the positions taken by both of America’s major political parties on the most pressing issues of the day. At a time when political gridlock and partisan hostility are the most recognizable patterns in both federal and state government, this series promises to provide an impartial and nuanced understanding of party politicking, the issues that divide us, and the potential paths toward compromise.

Each volume in the series examines the parties’ positions—both historically and today—regarding a major area of American public policy. The coverage serves to strip away political spin and help readers gain a true understanding of the arguments and records of both Republicans and Democrats on today’s hot-button political issues and controversies.
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