(Columbia University Press, 2010; 416 pages) – Amazon
In The Politics of Medicaid, Laura Katz Olson (MPolSci’72, PhD’74) unravels the confusing puzzle of Medicaid, paying special attention to those who invest in and benefit from the program. The book assesses the social, political, and economic dynamics that have shaped Medicaid for nearly 50 years. Olson helps readers of all backgrounds understand the reasons behind the increasing costs of Medicaid. It also evaluates the extent to which the program is an appropriate foundation for health care reform. Overall, the book is an insightful glimpse into the perplexing world of Medicaid, and can serve as a useful guide to all who are impacted by the program.