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By Colin Gordon

Why, on my own between business democracies, does the USA no longer have nationwide medical insurance? whereas many books have addressed this question, lifeless on Arrival is the 1st to take action in accordance with unique archival learn for the complete sweep of the 20 th century. Drawing on quite a lot of political, reform, company, 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 non-public, work-based merits; the uniquely American pursuit of "social insurance"; the effect of race and gender at the wellbeing and fitness care debate; and the continuing war of words among reformers and strong financial and future health interests.Dead on Arrival stands on my own in accounting for the failure of nationwide or common health and wellbeing coverage from the early 20th century to the current. As importantly, it additionally indicates how a number of pursuits (doctors, hospitals, sufferers, employees, employers, exertions unions, clinical reformers, and political events) faced the query of well-being care--as a personal accountability, as a job-based profit, as a political legal responsibility, and as a primary right.Using health and wellbeing care as a window onto the good judgment of yankee politics and American social provision, Gordon either deepens and informs the modern debate. Fluidly written and deftly argued, useless on Arrival is hence not just a compelling heritage of the healthiness care challenge yet a desirable exploration of the country's political financial system and political tradition via "the American century," of the function of personal pursuits and personal advantages within the shaping of social coverage, and, eventually, of the methods the yankee welfare kingdom empowers but additionally imprisons its voters.

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8 Roy Lubove, “The New Deal and Health,” Current History 45:264 (Aug. 1963): 79–81; R. C. William, “The Medical Care Program for Farm Security Administration Borrowers,” Law and Contemporary Problems 6:4 (Winter 1939): 583–89; Michael Grey, “Poverty, Politics and Health: The Farm Security Administration Medical Care Program, 1935–1945,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 44:3 (July 1989): 320–30. 9 “Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee”(27 Sept. 1934), Box 1, Committee on Economic Security [CES] Records, RG 47, Social Security Administration, National Archives; Witte to Epstein (28 Sept.

32 CHAPTER ONE spending on the one hand, and to maintain the momentum of 1965 on the other—that the reform efforts of the early 1970s were forged. The Nixon administration, the last to preside over the era of postwar growth and the first to confront the challenge of economic decline, was torn. Though less fiscally conservative than its Republican predecessors and less socially conservative than its Republican successors, the administration clearly felt its role was to check congressional enthusiasm.

1997), 119; “Meeting with Consultant on Health Insurance” (20 Nov. 1, SSC (1956–1974), HEW Records; “Comments on Budget Bureau Analysis” (Dec. 1, SSC (1956–1974), HEW Records; “Notes on the Forand Bill” (9 Feb. ; BW (16 Apr. 1960), 184; “Tomorrow’s Meeting on Health Care for the Aged” (17 Nov. 1, SSC (1956–1974), HEW Records. 32 “Tomorrow’s Meeting on Health Care” (17 Nov. 1, SSC (1956–1974), HEW Records; Flemming to Folsom (10 Nov. 1, Secretary’s Subject Files [SSF] (1955–1975), HEW Records; “Consideration of Plan for 100% Tax Deduction” (Apr.

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