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Beryl A. Radin

In: Guide to U.S. Health and Health Care Policy

Chapter 3: The Department of Health and Human Services: Responsibilities and Policies (1953–Present)

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The Department of Health and Human Services: Responsibilities and Policies (1953–Present)
The department of health and human services: Responsibilities and policies (1953–Present)
Beryl A.Radin

One could characterize the current health system as an example of American exceptionalism: it highlights limited government, faith in markets, and individual rather than group responsibility.1 While the uniqueness of U.S. history is often expressed as a rationale for American superiority and separation from international norms, critics argue that the concept of exceptionalism is a way to avoid dealing with problems in U.S. society. The changes that have occurred as a result of the recent health reform debate are examples of this conceptual conflict. Advocates for change are attempting to balance an acceptance of some historical patterns with the need to address problems ...

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