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An Analytical and Personal Exploration of Holes in the United States’ Safety Net

An Analytical and Personal Exploration of Holes in the United States’ Safety Net Campbell, A. L. (2014). Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle . Chicago IL: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978‐0‐226‐14044‐5 (200 pp., Paperback: $15.00). Denunciations of “Obamacare” and government‐subsidized health care figured prominently in the November, 2014, U.S. elections. With the near certainty of a renewed legislative push over the coming years to cut federal healthcare funding, now is a good time to take stock of what our current patchwork of governmental healthcare programs (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) accomplishes and what it does not. Andrea Louise Campbell, a political science professor at MIT, is an expert on these issues. But even she was unprepared for the enormous challenge of navigating the system to secure care for a family member who experienced a devastating accident. As Campbell relates in her excellent new book, Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle , her 30‐year‐old sister‐in‐law, Marcella, was driving down a California highway to attend a nursing class in 2012 when a bump from another vehicle caused a crash, leaving Marcella paralyzed from the neck down. Eight months pregnant at the time of the accident, Marcella was fortunate in that her son survived and is now a healthy toddler. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy Wiley

An Analytical and Personal Exploration of Holes in the United States’ Safety Net

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Wiley
Copyright
© 2015 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
ISSN
1529-7489
eISSN
1530-2415
DOI
10.1111/asap.12073
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Abstract

Campbell, A. L. (2014). Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle . Chicago IL: The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978‐0‐226‐14044‐5 (200 pp., Paperback: $15.00). Denunciations of “Obamacare” and government‐subsidized health care figured prominently in the November, 2014, U.S. elections. With the near certainty of a renewed legislative push over the coming years to cut federal healthcare funding, now is a good time to take stock of what our current patchwork of governmental healthcare programs (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) accomplishes and what it does not. Andrea Louise Campbell, a political science professor at MIT, is an expert on these issues. But even she was unprepared for the enormous challenge of navigating the system to secure care for a family member who experienced a devastating accident. As Campbell relates in her excellent new book, Trapped in America's Safety Net: One Family's Struggle , her 30‐year‐old sister‐in‐law, Marcella, was driving down a California highway to attend a nursing class in 2012 when a bump from another vehicle caused a crash, leaving Marcella paralyzed from the neck down. Eight months pregnant at the time of the accident, Marcella was fortunate in that her son survived and is now a healthy toddler.

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Analyses of Social Issues & Public PolicyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2015

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