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When Bad Policy Makes Good PoliticsRunning the Numbers on Health Reform$
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Robert P. Saldin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190255435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190255435.001.0001

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Learning from Failure

Learning from Failure

Only Bad Policy Stands a Chance

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(p.59) 4 Learning from Failure
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When Bad Policy Makes Good Politics
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Robert P. Saldin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190255435.003.0004

This chapter explains how a small cohort of interest group advocates working out of Ted Kennedy’s Senate office learned from past failures and put together a long-shot policy proposal designed to run the gauntlet created by Washington’s new rules of policymaking. The architects of CLASS knew they had to avoid certain design features that had thwarted previous attempts to create a national long-term care program. If CLASS was to succeed where past initiatives had failed, the political prerequisites were to create a program that was optional and that paid for itself. Adopting those incompatible design features would leave CLASS fiscally unsound, but it was a price worth paying. The advocates hoped to get something—anything—passed and then fix it under the protection of law. The public insurance plan they came up with would be far from the top-to-bottom overhaul they really wanted, but it was the only political viable approach.

Keywords:   interest groups, disability, aging, individual mandate, Edward Kennedy

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