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When Bad Policy Makes Good Politics: Running the Numbers on Health Reform

Robert P. Saldin


Since the 1960s, America’s policymaking system has lurched from one in which leaders could simply disparage the concept of budget projections to one in which policymakers manipulate cost estimates. After rounds of good government reforms, the very rules and safeguards put in place to thwart economically unsound legislation now cause chaos by incentivizing the development of flawed, even blatantly unworkable, policies. The pathologies of the new system are illustrated by the CLASS Act and its role in aiding passage of President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform law. CLASS was supposed to ad ... More

Keywords: policymaking, long-term care, health policy, health reform, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190255435
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190255435.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert P. Saldin, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, Montana State University