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Healthy, Wealthy, and FairHealth Care and the Good Society$
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James A. Morone and Lawrence R. Jacobs

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195170665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170665.001.0001

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Incrementalism Adds Up?

Incrementalism Adds Up?

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Healthy, Wealthy, and Fair

Lawrence D. Brown

Oxford University Press

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

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