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Incrementalism Adds Up?

Lawrence D. Brown

in Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195170665
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850204 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170665.003.0046
Incrementalism Adds Up?

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This chapter argues that diminishing the scope of inequality in U.S. health care has little to do with comprehensive, enfolding policy that routs inequality. Rather, it has much to do with incremental measures won by myriad coalitions that work their way slowly down lists of inequities that are, literally, infinite. Incrementalism in U.S. health policy is not that it is the best, or even a very good, approach, but rather that it is, politically, as good as it gets.

Keywords: inequality; health care; inequities; incrementalism; health policy

Chapter.  8111 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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