Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
by Theodore R. Marmor, 2nd ed, 228 pp, with illus, paper, $16.95, ISBN 0-202-30425-6, Hawthorne, NY, Aldine De Gruyter, 2000.
This book provides just what its title promises. It is an analysis of the political process that surrounded the passage and implementation of the Medicare program. Unfortunately, for most readers the politics is less interesting than the substance. This is neither an historical text nor a policy analysis, and better sources for each are available.1,2 As a result it does not offer a coherent account of the evolution of Medicare or an analysis of the effects of these changes. It was not intended to.
MedicareThe Politics of Medicare. JAMA. 2001;285(9):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.285.9.1220-JBK0307-2-1