Debates on U.S. Health Care

Posted: 25 Sep 2012 Last revised: 12 Oct 2012

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Jennie Kronenfeld

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Social and Family Dynamics

Wendy E. Parmet

Northeastern University - School of Law

Mark Zezza

The Commonwealth Fund

Date Written: September 27, 2012


This issues-based reference work (available in both print and electronic formats) shines a spotlight on health care policy and practice in the United States. The fight over the Affordable Care Act brought to light a multitude of fears, challenges, obstacles, and passions that often had the effect of complicating rather than clarifying the debate. The complex issues that animated the debate have forced the American public to grapple with the exigencies of the present system with regard to economic, fiscal, and monetary policy, especially as they relate to philosophical, often ideologically driven approaches to the problem. Americans have also had to examine their ideas about the relationship of the individual to and interaction with the state and the varied social and cultural beliefs about what an American solution to the problem of health care looks like. This volume explores these issue in three sections, each with its own Section Editor: Quality of Care Debates (Dr. Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld), Economic & Fiscal Debates (Dr. Mark Zezza), and Political, Philosophical, & Legal Debates (Prof. Wendy Parmet). Each section includes a preface written by the editor plus 12 chapters addressing varied aspects of the broad theme of the section. For each chapter, students are referred to further readings, data sources, and other resources as a jumping-off spot for further research and more in-depth exploration. The volume concludes with a comprehensive index, and the electronic version of the book includes search-and-browse features, as well as the ability to link to further readings cited within chapters should they be available to the library in electronic format.

Suggested Citation

Kronenfeld, Jennie and Parmet, Wendy E. and Zezza, Mark, Debates on U.S. Health Care (September 27, 2012). Sage Reference, September 2012; Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper No. 112-2012. Available at SSRN:

Jennie Kronenfeld

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Social and Family Dynamics ( email )

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Wendy E. Parmet (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

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(617) 373-5056 (Fax)

Mark Zezza

The Commonwealth Fund ( email )

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New York, NY 10021
United States

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