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Governing Health

The Politics of Health Policy

William G. Weissert and Carol S. Weissert

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How do government and private interests shape the health policy process?

In this classic text, William G. Weissert and Carol S. Weissert describe how government and private interests help define health policy. Under the Obama administration, the federal government took a broadened role in setting health policy and insurance regulations. But the succeeding Trump administration and a Republican congress threatened to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its core tenets. Chronicling these recent important changes, Governing Health explores the political science theory behind this and other\u2026

How do government and private interests shape the health policy process?

In this classic text, William G. Weissert and Carol S. Weissert describe how government and private interests help define health policy. Under the Obama administration, the federal government took a broadened role in setting health policy and insurance regulations. But the succeeding Trump administration and a Republican congress threatened to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its core tenets. Chronicling these recent important changes, Governing Health explores the political science theory behind this and other major shifts in national health policy.

In this thoroughly updated edition, the authors describe how party polarization, a virulent anti-government movement, populist presidential politics, and the demise of "regular order" in Congress shape and define a new approach to health policy. This revised edition also

• offers a comprehensive synthesis of Obamacare, touching on everything from Accountable Care and Pay for Performance to insurance industry reforms
• highlights the important role of social media in building opposition to universal coverage
• tracks passage of the new Medicare physician payment reform, MACRA
• analyzes presidential executive orders and administrative rulemaking in dismantling the Affordable Care Act
• examines the implications of Supreme Court decisions on Medicaid expansion and state health policy
• updates all statistics, charts, and tables

This new edition of a highly respected book guides readers toward a deep understanding of modern health policy's complexities. Drawing on compelling current examples, Governing Health is a timely and essential book.

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This book could prove useful for those interested in the process and contributing factors of health policy formation such as scholars and professionals in the fields of governance, medicine, and public health.

One of the most important books in health care policy to have been written in years. It demonstrates that institutions and politics do matter. Governing Health is stimulating, thoughtful, and well written. It is highly recommended for all those who teach and study health care policy.

A useful textbook for those in medical care with only a passing knowledge of the patterns of federal policy making in the postwar period.

No other book offers a better overview of what every health professional or anyone who is intensely interested in health affairs should know about policymaking.

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9
Pages
424
ISBN
9781421428949
Illustration Description
7 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Policy Process
Chapter 2. Congress
Chapter 3. The Presidency
Chapter 4. Interest Groups
Chapter 5. The Bureaucracy
Chapter 6. States and Health Care Reform
Concl

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. The Policy Process
Chapter 2. Congress
Chapter 3. The Presidency
Chapter 4. Interest Groups
Chapter 5. The Bureaucracy
Chapter 6. States and Health Care Reform
Conclusion

Notes
References
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

William G. Weissert, Ph.D.

William G. Weissert is a professor of political science at Florida State University and a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.
Featured Contributor

Carol S. Weissert, Ph.D.

Carol S. Weissert is Collins Eminent Scholar and chair of Civic Education and Political Science at Florida State University.