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The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003: Ideologies, Interests, and Policy Feedbacks in the Contemporary Politics of Medicare

Award Year: 2005 Investigator: Andrea Louise Campbell, Kimberly Morgan
Few are happy with it, politicians on the right and left criticize it, but the fact remains that the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 ushered in the greatest expansion of Medicare coverage in the program's history. Its lukewarm support, combined with its dramatic impact, make the act a fascinating subject for anyone interested in the politics of modern health care. Kimberly J. Morgan, Ph.D. and Andrea L.

Expanding Arenas: A Political History of Modern U.S. Health Policy

Award Year: 2004 Investigator: Lawrence Brown
Lawrence D. Brown, Ph.D. explores the political and historical forces that have shaped the federal government's growing role in health care delivery and financing since 1945. In his Investigator Award project, Expanding Arenas: A Political History of Modern U.S. Health Policy, Dr. Brown examines the rise and evolution of four policy "arenas" that he uses to categorize federal interventions in health care: subsidy, financing, reorganization, and regulation.

Federalism and Strategies for Reform in American Health Policy

Award Year: 2004 Investigator: Margaret Weir
American health policy is a quintessential example of "marble cake" federalism: a complex mix of responsibilities shared between states and the federal government. Margaret M. Weir, Ph.D. probes the interplay between state and federal political arenas in her Investigator Award project, Federalism and Strategies for Reform in American Health Policy.

Health Care and the American Presidency

Award Year: 2002 Investigator: David Blumenthal, James Morone
For their Investigator Award project, David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. and co-principal investigator James A. Morone, Ph.D. take on the modern American Presidency. In their study, Health Care and the American Presidency, they examine how the actions or inaction of each President from Franklin D. Roosevelt to George W. Bush have influenced the formulation and implementation of health policy in the United States. Using a variety of research techniques and models, Drs.

Inter-Governmental Health Care Partnerships: Promoting Innovation, Inefficiency or Stalemate?

Award Year: 2002 Investigator: Michael Sparer
For more than 200 years, policymakers have struggled over how best to balance power and divide labor between the federal government and the states. Michael S. Sparer, J.D., Ph.D. is interested in intergovernmental partnerships and the potential they hold for creating innovative policy and programmatic responses to health and health care problems.

Rules Over Policy: The Impact of the Federal Budget Process on the Modernization of American Public Health

Award Year: 2001 Investigator: Timothy Westmoreland
Individuals working to improve public health and health care are often stymied by the federal budget process. This project will illuminate the arcane nature of federal budgeting, its unintended impact on formulation of health policy, and the absence of health-based measures to balance the process. Mr. Westmoreland will study the origin and development of the formal budget process, assessing the ostensible neutrality of budgeting principles and how they actually drive health policymaking.

Political Analysis: Applications to Health Care and Health Policy

Award Year: 2000 Investigator: Rudolf Klein, Theodore Marmor
Professors Marmor and Klein seek to improve the understanding of health care policymaking while contributing to a more informed discussion of options among academics and policymakers. Building on their earlier work, they will focus on the politics of decision making in the widest sense: the constraints and opportunities created by existing institutions, administrative capacities, and the structure of interests in the health policy arena.

With the Help of Their Friends: Lobbyists and Legislators in Health Policymaking

Award Year: 2000 Investigator: Richard Hall
Exploring the role and influence of interest groups in policymaking, Dr. Hall will build on previous experience in developing a new theoretical framework, which casts lobbying in a different light.

Dynamic Institutions and National Health Care Policy Making

Award Year: 1994 Investigator: Mark Peterson
Beginning with the New Deal, Dr. Peterson explores the ways in which political and governmental institutions respond to the stimulus for public action, direct the choice of policy alternatives, and are influenced by various leadership activities. In related projects, two distinct patterns of health care policymaking are studied. The first concentrates on systemic policy change, assessing the debate over comprehensive health care reform in the context of past failures.

Moralism, Politics, and the Construction of Health Policy

Award Year: 1994 Investigator: James Morone
Dr. Morone investigates how morality influences health politics and policy. He: 1) designs a model that suggests how the political process changes when actors define policy questions in moral terms - e.g., irresponsible behavior or undeserving beneficiaries; 2) applies this analytic framework to six major health policy issues; and 3) contributes to health policy by explaining the latent moral politics that underlie contemporary approaches and programs.