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One Nation, UninsuredWhy the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance$
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Jill Quadagno

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195160390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160390.001.0001

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Organized Labor's Health Benefits

Organized Labor's Health Benefits

(p.48) two Organized Labor's Health Benefits
One Nation, Uninsured

Jill Quadagno

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies trade unions and how they helped promote the emerging private health insurance system, showing that the trade unions also led the drive for Medicare and disability insurance. It looks at the development of private health benefits and the events that led to the establishment of disability insurance and insurance for retirees. Finally, the chapter shows how those who supported medical insurance finally defeated the American Medical Association.

Keywords:   trade unions, private health insurance, Medicare, disability insurance, private health benefits, insurance for retirees, American Medical Association

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