Marmor on US healthcare reform: A good deal?
In the lead commentary for the July issue of Governance, Theodore Marmor of Yale University examines the politics behind the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Institutional and political considerations meant there was “a substantial gap between the diagnosis of America’s medical problems and the remedies the White House and Congress could agree to,” Marmor says. The result was legislation that “neither created a coherent policy program nor achieved the political agreement that reformers anticipated.” The 2010 deal might have been the only one feasible at the time, Marmor concedes — but if it is limited in substance and politically unstable, was it still a desirable reform? Open access to the commentary.