444 pages President Clinton's health-care reform proposals of 1993 represented the most far-reaching social engineering attempted in the United States since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The Clinton plan would have herded almost all Americans under age sixty-five into large, government-sponsored health insurance purchasing alliances that would have offered standard benefits at regulated prices.
Despite the recent resurgence in proposals for such shunned policies, the critical literature has failed to offer a cogent analysis of why government control of health care does not work. American Health Care delivers that analysis. This powerful volume brings together fourteen leading experts in economics, law, history, and medicine to examine why untoward consequences usually follow when government sets out to do good things.