Healthcare reform in the United States: why structures matter Public Deposited

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  • Booth, Amara Jocelin
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • In 2008, the year Barack Obama was elected President, nearly fifty million people in the United States did not have health insurance. Of those who did, 102 million had plans which covered neither their illnesses, nor the medications they needed, sufficiently. Many of the people who did have coverage became aware of the limits of their policy only after they became sick and were told by their insurance company that their condition would not be covered. Soon after his inauguration, President Obama made clear that reform of the healthcare system would be a key legislative priority for his administration. Other Presidents before him had attempted such reform, and each time, they had come up short. Their failure was, in large part, due to the structural and institutional composition of the United States, which presents formidable obstacles to those attempting to overhaul the system. This paper explores the uniquely American experience with healthcare, focusing on the institutional and structural impediments reformers have faced on the road to reform.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Political Science (TransAtlantic Master‚Äôs Program).
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