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date: 05 June 2020

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This article reviews the history of the U.S. health care system and important themes in the scholarly literature pertaining to the subject. It argues that understanding the politics of health care, including the structure of government programs such as Medicare, requires careful attention to the private sector’s economic framework. This essay traces the development of modern medicine, health care systems in the 20th century, private health insurance, and federal and state health care policy.

Keywords: health care, health insurance, insurance companies, American Medical Association, Medicare, Affordable Care Act

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