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Health Politics and Policy, 5th Edition

  • James A. Morone
  • Dan Ehlke
  • ISBN-10: 1111644152
  • ISBN-13: 9781111644154
  • 624 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 1997, 1991
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

HEALTH POLITICS AND POLICY, 5th Edition walks you through the inner workings of health care policymaking, from the legislative process to socioeconomic impacts, and reveals both modern and historical perspectives in exciting detail. A collection of writings by some of today's sharpest political minds and policy-makers, the book explores factors that shape the U.S. health care system and policy, such as values, government, and private players, and compares them to other countries for international context. Helpful learning features throughout include review questions and problems, supporting tables and graphs, and special "Consider This" essays that bolster chapter concepts. In an environment of ever-changing policies and politics, the new edition seamlessly integrates themes of the past and present-day dilemmas with a look to the future of health care politics in America.


  • Solid Foundation: HEALTH POLITICS AND POLICY, 5th Edition introduces health policy, including the private and governmental factors that influence the policymaking process.

  • Unique Approach: this is the only book that describes the actual development of health care policy, taking learners inside the white house, courts, bureaucracy, and state governments to understand how the process works.

  • Stimulating Questions: Study questions and analysis problems raise student awareness of the issues and instigate more thoughtful classroom discussions.

  • Effective Visual Learning: Detailed tables, charts, graphs, and boxes complement chapter material to broaden reader perspectives about health care and politics, past and present.

  • Student-Friendly Style: Edited by an award-winning author, teacher, and researcher, this text fascinates students with the colorful politics behind health care issues today.

About the Author

James A. Morone

James Morone is Chair of the Department of Political Science and Urban Studies at Brown University where he received multiple citations for excellence in teaching. His research has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Law and Medical Ethics, Journal of Health Policy and Law, and many other publications, as well as on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. A prolific author, Dr. Morone's eight published books include Hellfire Nation: The Politics of Sin in American History, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction. The New York Times, Washington Post, and several T.V. and radio shows have featured his essays and op-ed pieces on politics, history, and morality. A Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Morone speaks frequently for organizations around the world, sits on the Board of Editors for several scholarly journals, and has shared his expertise through congressional testimony and on special government panels. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.

Dan Ehlke

Daniel Ehlke is Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at S.U.N.Y.-Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health where he teaches Health Care Organization and Finance. His research centers on reform in the American and British health care systems. Daniel Ehlke earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Brown University.

Table of Contents

Preface (James Moron).
Introduction: Health Politics and Policy (James Morone).
1. Values in Health Policy: Understanding Fairness and Efficiency (Deborah Stone).
2. Markets and Politics (Tom Rice).
3. Morals in Health Policy (James Morone).
Twenty Classic Laws of Health Policy.
4. The Obama Health Reform (Skocpol and Jacobs).
5. The Presidents (James Morone and David Blumenthal).
6. Congress (Mark Peterson).
7. The Courts (Timothy Jost).
8. Federalism (Frank Thompson and Joel Cantor).
9. Reform: A Professor in the Machine (Jacob Hacker).
10. The Health of the States (Daniel Ehlke).
11. Massachusetts (Michael Doonan).
12. Texas (David Warner).
13. Oregon (Howard Leichter).
14. Public Opinion (Mark Schlesinger).
15. Lobbyists: Ten Myths about Power and Influence (Rogan Kersh).
16. The Business of Health Care: Employers, Health Policy, and Political Influence (Nicole Kayzee).
17. The Delegated Welfare State (Kimberly Morgan and Andrea Campbell).
Consider This… Adventures in Informed Consent (Deborah Stone).
18. Medicare: The Great Transformation (John Oberlander).
19. Medicaid: Health Care for You and Me? (Colleen Grogan).
20. Children's Health Policy: Promising Starts, Disappointing Outcomes (Beth Kilbreth).
21. Environmental Policy: A New Focus on Health (Kelley Tzoumas).
22. Reproductive Health Politics and Policies (Deborah McFarland).
23. Aging and Health Policy in the 21st Century (William Brandon and Patricia Alt).
24. Prescription Drugs (Toney Delle Aera).
Consider This… Seven Laws of Doing Policy Analysis (James Morone).
25. American Health Care in International Perspective (Joe White).
26. Taking Medicine to Market: Competition between Britain and the U.S. (Daniel Ehlke).
27. Health Care in Canada (Antonia Maioni).
Consider This… Learning Lessons from Abroad (Marmor, et al).
Epilogue (James Morone and Daniel Ehlke).

New to this edition

  • New Practice Areas: All-new material on electronic filing, discovery, the duty to prevent spoliation (and pertinent rule changes), and H.I.P.A.A. standards demonstrates the importance of these relatively new areas.
  • Issue Briefs: Discussions on and analysis of changes to the law, procedures, evidence, and ethics standards keep students and instructors abreast of the latest health care policy and practice issues.
  • Robust Resources: Enhanced forms, Web resources, tables, and charts deepen visual context and makes reading more enjoyable.
  • More Review Content: New analysis problems, study questions, and Internet learning applications keep students engaged in course topics while enhancing retention.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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