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Mother of Invention: How the Government Created "Free-Market" Health Care 1st Edition

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"Robert Field begins with the familiar cry, 'keep government out of my health care,' and skillfully demonstrates why
that is simply not possible. Government is the silent partner driving the health care system--organizing, regulating,
and funding, funding, funding. Mother of Invention reveals the private--public connection in every corner of American
health care-from the pharmaceutical giants to the family doctor. It is elegant, thoughtful, creative, meticulous,
unsettling, irresistible, and required reading for both scholars and citizens." -James Morone, John Hazen White
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Brown University, and author of Hellfire Nation, By the People:
Debating American Government and The Heart of Power: Health and Politics in the Oval Office

"Weaving history and crisp analysis, Professor Field brilliantly helps us to understand how government's massive roles
in policy, payment and regulation have created the exigencies of the American health care system and its marketplace.
His conclusions affirm that this reality will shape all viable solutions going forward." -- Gary L. Gottlieb, President
and Chief Executive Officer, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"This book offers a brilliant analysis of the enduring role of government in creating and supporting the health care
market. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the true relationship between government and market
forces." -- Sara Rosenbaum, Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health and
Health Services

"Robert Field's illuminating book demonstrates the fatuity of calls to get the federal government out of our health care
system. Through generous funding, tax breaks and protective regulation, the federal government in fact created our
uniquely American public/private health care system, which could not have existed without it. Our task now, as Field
shows, is to improve, not sunder, this relationship." -- Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, Robert L. Willett Family Professor,
Washington and Lee University Law School

"Field's investigation is compelling, his subject is vast and daunting. We come away knowing that the system is a
delicate dance between the private and public sectors. It is the reason we have some of the best care in the world and
why our system is the most expensive." --Philadelphia Inquirer

"Though Barack Obama is the first American president to succeed in passing a universal health-care plan, in his new book
Mother of Invention, Drexel University law professor Robert I. Field reminds us that the idea of a national health plan
isn't anything new. The book's central premise is that the government created the health-care system, often in hidden
ways, and without it, we would not have the system we have. Though Field's investigation is compelling, his subject is
vast and daunting. But in Field's view, the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction." -- Evi Heilbrunn, The
Inquirer

"There are many books about healthcare reform, but none that explore the topic of
the role of government and the partnership with private companies the way this
one does. Its unique spin on how government cannot ever be totally separate
from healthcare delivery provides great material for debates." -Doody's

"This book stands as an excellent review of the history and current state of the U.S. health-care system. ... This book
is a valuable addition to the literature on the U.S. health insurance system, and comparative studies that aim to relate
the U.S. health insurance system to those of other countries to determine which policies work best for improving health
care and health insurance." --Journal of Risk and Insurance

"In a methodical fashion, Field explains how the government created the pharmaceutical industry, the hospital industry,
the medical profession, and private health insurance. Recommended." --CHOICE

"This book is a valuable addition to the literature on the U.S. health insurance system, and comparative studies that
aim to relate the U.S. health insurance system to those of other countries to determine which policies work best for
improving health care and health insurance." -- Journal of Risk and Insurance

"Mother of Invention is a thoughtful examination of the dynamic between government and business and how it has shaped
health care as we know it. These forces will continue to conspire and determine the future course of health care for
worse and, let's hope, for better." - Health Affairs

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About the Author
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Robert I. Field is Professor of Law and Professor of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University and Lecturer in
Health Care Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has written extensively on the
American health care system and has authored a comprehensive overview of health care regulation, Health Care Regulation
in America: Complexity, Confrontation and Compromise (also published by Oxford University Press). He has also practiced
health law and worked in the management of a major academic health system. He is a frequent media commentator on health
care issues and has been quoted by NPR, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other outlets.
He writes a regular blog on health policy for The Philadelphia Inquirer entitled "The Field Clinic."

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