Now in its third edition, The Politics of Health Legislation: An Economic Perspective has been significantly updated with the most current information regarding healthcare legislative and regulatory outcomes. The book contrasts the economic approach to politics with the traditional or public interest approach. Many healthcare legislative concerns are discussed including deregulation, market competition, redistribution programs, and national health insurance. Leading health economist Paul J. Feldstein has expanded on his unique economics-based approach to explain legislative outcomes in the healthcare field. This new edition includes: * Analysis of President Bush's Medicare prescription drug program, The Medicare Modernization Act, enacted in December 2003. * Examination of previous legislation and proposals in terms of competing theories of legislation, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), President Clinton's failed healthcare reform proposal, the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), and the Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.