Paul Starr: "Remedy and Reaction"

Paul Starr: "Remedy and Reaction"

Premiums for family health coverage increased by 87 percent from 2000 to 2006, while household incomes decreased by three percent. Paul Starr, author of “Remedy and Reaction: the Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform” joins us to explain why we can’t afford not to reform our health care system.

Health care has been one of the most contentious issues of President Obama’s time in office. Democrats view the passage of the Affordable Care Act as his finest hour. But Republicans are determined to repeal it. For most of the twentieth century Americans debated whether health care should be a right of citizenship. To understand why the issue is still such a flashpoint, we go back to the debate’s origins with Pulitzer Prize winning author, Paul Starr. In his latest book he examines America’s unique struggle with health care, and explains why we have become trapped in a costly and complicated system.


Paul Starr

professor of sociology and public affairs, Princeton University; co-founder and editor, "The American Prospect"; and author of "The Social Transformation of American Medicine."

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