Employer-based health insurance in the United States from 1920-present: The fall of an empire

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dc.contributor.advisor William Winslade, Ph.D., J.D en_US
dc.creator Rebecca B Lunstroth en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-20T16:05:43Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-09 en_US
dc.date.available 2011-12-20T16:05:43Z
dc.date.created 2006-12-12 en_US
dc.date.issued 2006-12-06 en_US
dc.identifier.other etd-12122006-171716 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152.3/291
dc.description.abstract The United States is the only industrialized nation that relies almost exclusively on private employers to fund health care. As this thesis will set out to demonstrate, the ability of private employers to fund this burden has been slowly eroding to the point that the system is on the brink of collapse. Without viable alternatives in place our health-care system will begin to fail the people who most rely on it: wage earners who work for private companies. How did we get to this point? Historically, the establishment of employer-based health insurance evolved largely outside the political arena, and the federal government’s involvement was initially relegated to sustaining the system - not fixing it. Thus, presidential administrations that attempted to change how health care was funded have been unsuccessful in their campaigns. The reasons for these failures will be explored in the context of recommending solutions that acknowledge the malfunctions in the current system, as well as the foundation of that very system which has kept employer-based health insurance the backbone of the health-care industry of America. en_US
dc.format.medium electronic en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the TDL web site by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works. en_US
dc.subject health policy en_US
dc.subject health insurance en_US
dc.title Employer-based health insurance in the United States from 1920-present: The fall of an empire en_US
dc.type.material text en_US
dc.type.genre thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master ofArts en_US
thesis.degree.level Master en_US
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas Medical Branch en_US
thesis.degree.department Institiute for Medical Humanities en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Ronald A. Carson, Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Kyriakos Markides, Ph.D. en_US

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