Cries of Crisis: Rethinking the Health Care Debate by Robert B. Hackey

By Robert B. Hackey

Since the past due Sixties, well-being care within the usa has been defined as a approach in main issue. regardless of their place, these trying to increase the process have depended on the rhetoric of quandary to construct help for his or her most well liked treatments, to the purpose the place the language and imagery of a future health care problem are actually deeply embedded in modern politics and pop culture. In Cries of Crisis, Robert B. Hackey analyzes media insurance, political speeches, motion pictures, and tv exhibits to illustrate the function that language and symbolism have performed in framing the health and wellbeing care debate, shaping coverage making, and influencing public perceptions of difficulties within the future health care system.

He demonstrates that the belief of drawback now potential such a lot of various things to such a lot of assorted teams that it has ceased to have any shared which means in any respect. He argues that the ceaseless speak of “crisis,” and not using a generally authorized definition of that time period, has truly impeded efforts to diagnose and deal with the continual difficulties plaguing the yankee health and wellbeing care process. as a substitute, he contends, reformers needs to include a brand new rhetorical process that hyperlinks proposals to enhance the method with deeply held American values like equality and fairness.

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By the early 1980s, gm officials estimated that the company’s health care costs per vehicle had more than doubled since 1974. Industry executives cited their health care costs as a principal reason the Big Three could not compete on an even footing with foreign automakers. At Chrysler health care costs exceeded $400 million in 1984, or $550 for each car it sold; the company had to sell about seventy thousand vehicles to pay for its annual health care costs. 17 Concerns about the cost of health care spurred businesses and political candidates to endorse health care reform in the early 1990s.

Every president from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama identified rising health care costs as an important domestic policy problem. Newspaper stories, nightly news programs, and periodic “special reports” on television all reported different variations of the same crisis story: health care costs, whether defined in terms of spending on hospital care, pharmaceuticals, or the overall “slice” of the economic pie, were spiraling out of control. Hollywood also picked up this theme, for movies such as John Q and Sicko underscored the vulnerability of insured Americans to economic ruin as a result of unanticipated medical costs.

As Klatch observes, “Political leaders . . ”15 In contrast to more situational symbols that refer to events or actors at a specific point in time ( for example, “the public option” in debates over health care reform in 2010), higher-order symbols capture enduring images that have broad applicability in a variety of settings. Concepts such as choice, freedom, and liberty reappear in policy debates over time. The discourse of fear undergirds the narratives of crisis used to describe 22 c r i e s o f c r i s i s the American health care system.

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