Harvard Scholar Traces Failure of Clinton Health Reform Plan

Examining how institutions, alliances and policy feedback influence U.S. health care reforms

W.W. Norton & Co. published the book Boomerang: Health Care Reform and the Turn against Government in 1996, with a paperback version in 1997.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program.

Written by Harvard professor Theda Skocpol, PhD, it examines the failure of President Bill Clinton's health care reform effort of 1993–94, connecting the event with historical trends, broad political movements, and the behavior of the executive and legislative institutions involved.

Key Results:

  • As of February 2000, Boomerang had sold over 16,900 copies.
  • Boomerang received a favorable review from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which said it "probes beyond the single governmental initiative to provide a grim yet instructive diagnosis of what ails the American body politic."

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