Health Care Reform in American Politics Research Paper

Health Care Reform in American Politics
A look at the political process that led to health care reform in the US and why the final bill was so different from the initial bill proposed by Obama.
# 148045 | 5,300 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2011 | FR
Published on Aug 29, 2011 in Political Science (U.S.) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper aims at analyzing how health care reform happened in American politics together with the political processes that led to it. The paper analyzes the conditions in which the reform was proposed and then focuses at length on the congressional process and the reasons why the reform took such a limited form compared with Obama's proposal. In conclusion it looks at the current political and legal attacks that are challenging the law to see if they can really endanger its existence.

General Context: Conditions in 2010
Democrats in Office and in Congress
Economic Context
Group Interests and Lobbying
Why was the Reform so Limited? Is it the Reflect of a Failed Leadership or of a Failed Political System?

From the Paper:

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Act represents a decisive shift from the past politics and policy. The most obvious answer for the origin of that departure is the election of a Democratic President in 2008, but the Democratic capture of Congress in 2006 and the strengthening of that majority in 2008 also played a role by preparing the ground. Moreover, the reform was made possible because intraparty agreement already existed at this moment: the three Democratic candidates in the race for Presidency - Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton- had basically the same reform plan. This probably facilitated a congressionally centered process, even if it did not prevent Obama from facing many difficulties in his attempt to reach a common agreement in Congress. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • - The Road to Somewhere: Why Health Reform Happened, Jacob S. Hacker, Perspectives on Politics, September 2010, Vol. 8/No. 3
  • - Reaching for a New Deal: Ambitious Governance, Economic Meltdown, and Polarized Politics in Obama's First Two Years, Theda Skopcol, Lawrence R. Jacobs, Russell Sage Foundation, 2010
  • - Evaluating opportunities and strategies in the Obama presidency, George C. Edwards III, Prepared for delivery at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, September 2-5, 2010
  • - Obama in Office : Is This the Change We Can Believe In?, International Socialist Review, Issue 66, July-August 2009
  • - Public Opinion, the Media, and Economic Well-Being, Jason Barabas, The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media , Oxford University Press, 2011

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