Introduction

A Political Perennial

America’s health system has been a polarizing issue in most presidential campaigns in our lifetimes. It is hardly surprising that an industry that consumes nearly one in every five dollars spent in the U.S. economy has loomed over our politics. Its only competition in the past few decades was the nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. It will be prominent again in 2016.

This book will guide you through the fusillade of charges, and promises, you will hear in political campaigns about health care and “reform.” It will be especially noteworthy in 2016 when Republicans will remind us of Hillary Clinton’s history as an aborted reformer in the early 1990s. It will also be the first election where ...

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