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Obamacare Will Open the Next Chapter of “Free-Market” Health Care, Not End It, Says New Book by Health Law Expert

September 30, 2013

Dr. Rob Field
Dr. Robert I. Field is a nationally recognized expert on health policy and public health

The government cannot take over American health care because it has been running the system for decades, according to Drexel University’s Dr. Robert I. Field, a nationally recognized expert on health policy and public health. In a new book, he describes Obamacare as a natural next step in the country’s health care evolution rather than the government takeover that critics claim it to be.

The book, entitled Mother of Invention: How the Government Created “Free-Market” Health Care, is scheduled for release by Oxford University Press on Nov. 1.  It is available for preorder from the publisher and from Amazon.

Field points out that the United States relies on private enterprise for its health care more than any other developed nation, creating the appearance of the free-market in action. And for more than a hundred years, attempts to reform the system, including Obamacare, have been met with warnings about the stifling effects of government intervention.

What these warnings overlook, Field argues, is the federal government’s longstanding role in guiding and supporting every aspect of American health care. He believes that its role is so pervasive and entrenched that it is easy to miss. In fact, Field maintains, the government actually created American health care as we know it today. Seminal public programs stand behind every segment of the large and hugely profitable health care industry.

  Mother of Invention