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Your Call: How did insurance companies become so central to our health care system?

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Even though the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is dead for now, far too many of us are still stuck with high premiums and plans that don’t provide adequate coverage. We’re constantly told that we need to shop around for the best plan.

 

How did we get here? Why have health insurance companies become so central to our health care system? And why isn’t this part of the ACA debate?

Award winning author and historian Nancy Tomes joins us to discuss her book, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers.

 

Guest:

Nancy Tomes, Professor of History at Stony Brook University and author of Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers

 

Web Resources:

Nancy Tomes

Politico: How hospitals got richer off Obamacare

The Center for Public Integrity: Health insurers working the system to pad their profits

Vox: The case of the $629 Band-Aid — and what it reveals about American health care

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.