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Interest Groups and Health Care Reform across the United States
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Universal health care was on the national political agenda for nearly a hundred years until a comprehensive (but not universal) health care reform bill supported by President Obama passed in 2010. The most common explanation for the failure of past reform efforts is that special interests were continually able to block reform by lobbying lawmakers. Yet, beginning in the 1970s, accelerating with the failure of the Clinton health care plan, and continuing through the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, health policy reform was alive and well at the state level.

Interest Groups and Health Care Reform across the United States assesses the impact of interest groups to determine if collectively they are capable of shaping policy in their own interests or whether they influence policy only at the margins. What can this tell us about the true power of interest groups in this policy arena? The fact that state governments took action in health policy in spite of opposing interests, where the national government could not, offers a compelling puzzle that will be of special interest to scholars and students of public policy, health policy, and state politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. List of Tables and Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-13
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  1. Introduction: Interests and Health Policy
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1 Health Care and Organized Interests in the United States
  2. pp. 5-40
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  1. 2 The Theory and Structure of Health Interest Communities in the States
  2. pp. 41-59
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  1. 3 State Pharmacy Assistance Programs as Innovations
  2. pp. 60-92
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  1. 4 The Politics of Managing Managed Care
  2. pp. 93-122
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  1. 5 Universal Health Care in the States
  2. pp. 123-159
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  1. 6 Conclusion: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Influence in the ACA Policy Environment
  2. pp. 160-178
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  1. Appendix 2.1: Descriptions of Health InterestOrganization Subguilds
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. Appendix 2.2: States Ranked by HealthInterest Group Density
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. Appendix 2.3: Density by Subguild,Raw Numbers in 1998
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Appendix 2.4: Data Source for PoliticalAction Committees
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. Appendix 3.1: List of Data Sources
  2. pp. 189-191
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  1. Appendix 3.2: Estimation of Annual InterestGroup Measures Using the ESA Model
  2. pp. 192-193
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  1. Appendix 4.1: Data Sources ofDependent Variables
  2. pp. 194-195
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  1. Appendix 4.2: Managed Care RegulationDescriptive Statistics
  2. pp. 196-197
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  1. Appendix 4.3: Definitions and Sources ofIndependent Variables
  2. pp. 198-199
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  1. Appendix 5.1: Sources of Dependent Variables
  2. pp. 200-201
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  1. Appendix 5.2:Sources of Independent Variables
  2. pp. 202-206
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  1. References
  2. pp. 207-226
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 227-236
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