I am deeply grateful to those who made this book possible. Preparation of four of the chapters was supported in part by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research. Three chapters originated as presentations to a conference on the privatization of health care reform, sponsored by the Georgetown University Law Center. Alvin Tarlov, Barbara Krimgold, David Mechanic, and Lynn Rogut of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards created ongoing opportunities for exchange among most of the contributors through the Foundation's [cluster group] program. Dean Judith Areen of the Georgetown University Law Center encouraged and funded the conference that led to this volume. At Oxford University Press, Jeff House saw the importance of this project early on, after the collapse of the Clinton health plan; he played a large role in shaping the book's coverage, and supported me through to its completion. Lynda Crawford and her copyediting staff gently nudged the manuscript toward greater readability and endured, with grace, our tender egos.
The extraordinary efforts of Elizabeth Jungman, my gifted research assistant, played a critical role in bringing this project to completion. Ms. Jungman managed the editing process, prevailed over computer glitches, and herded cats to keep production on track. Genevieve Grabman, Michael Sapoznikow, and William Tarantino also provided invaluable research assistance. Sylvia Johnson,