Talk of Power, Power of Talk: The 1994 Health Care Reform Debate and Beyond

Synopsis

Shelton explains how the power of talk defeated comprehensive health care reform in 1994, and how it continues to affect society today. The 1994 call for reform fits into a century long context of concern. Reform was defeated once again in 1994 by the discursive power of big government. The ripples of the health care reform debate influence ethical decisions, research interests, and overall social behavior today.