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Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy


Hummer, Robert A. (2018). Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy. Contemporary Sociology, 47(4), 464-466.


James House’s Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy is an authoritative, yet accessible, statement on the “paradoxical crisis” of population health in the United States. On the one hand, the United States spends far more on health care and health insurance than any other nation in the world. Much of that spending is biomedically oriented. On the other hand, the U.S. population exhibits far worse health statistics than its peers in other high-income countries around the world. Alarm bells have been ringing over these two increasingly well-documented patterns for a couple of decades. Nonetheless, House brings a massive amount of data and numerous historical perspectives together in such a way that readers will undoubtedly recognize that the country faces an enormous problem: a paradoxical crisis of health and healthcare.


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Contemporary Sociology


Hummer, Robert A.


United States of America