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The Politics of Medicare: Second Edition (Social Institutions and Social Change)

The Politics of Medicare: Second Edition (Social Institutions and Social Change)
Author: Theodore R. R. Marmor
ISBN 13: 9780202304250
ISBN 10: 202304256
Edition: 2
Publisher: Aldine Transaction
Publication Date: 2000-12-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 254
List Price: $26.95

Recognized as a remarkable contribution to the study of health policy since its first publication in 1970, The Politics of Medicare is both a detailed account of how America came to have government health insurance for the elderly in the mid-1960s and a commentary on how the American political system dealt with deeply divisive social issues in the postwar period. For this second edition, Marmor has updated his earlier history, recounted with explicit analytical focus, and added a retrospective account of the operation of the program in the context of a far larger constituency of elderly patients and soaring costs for treatment.

Theodore R. Marmor, the author and coauthor of several notable books in health policy, is Professor of Public Policy and Management, Yale School of Management.


The new edition of a 1973 work analyzing the political forces, interactions, and ideas that created welfare. Leaving the original work basically unchanged, the author has also added a second section that explores the political evolution of Medicare since its inception into the 1990s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)