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At home abroad: the presidential election of 2004, the politics of American social policy and what European readers might make of these subjects

Marmor Theodore

in Social Policy Review 17

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346704
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303442 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346704.003.0008
At home abroad: the presidential election of 2004, the politics of American social policy and what European readers might make of these subjects

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This chapter determines the significance of the re-election of George Bush for social policy in the US, by using an analysis of two important legislative initiatives. The first is the changes to the Medicare system for prescription payments that were introduced in 2003. The second is the proposed changes to the social insurance pensions that would effectively privatise and individualise the pensions system. The chapter also shows how the passage of legislation reforming the Medicare system was the result of financial scare-mongering.

Keywords: re-election; George Bush; legislative initiatives; Medicare system; social insurance pensions; pensions system; passage of legislation; financial scare-mongering

Chapter.  8914 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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