The Road to Somewhere: Why Health Reform Happened

  title={The Road to Somewhere: Why Health Reform Happened},
  author={Jacob S Hacker},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={861 - 876}
  • J. Hacker
  • Published 23 August 2010
  • Political Science
  • Perspectives on Politics
Why did comprehensive health care reform pass in 2010? Why did it take the form it did—a form that, while undeniably ambitious, was also more limited than many advocates wanted, than health policy precedents set abroad, and than the scale of the problems it tackled? And why was this legislation, despite its limits, the subject of such vigorous and sometimes vicious attacks? These are the questions I tackle in this essay, drawing not just on recent scholarship on American politics but also on… 

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