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Martin Powell, Linda Bauld, and Karen Clarke

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346704

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346704.001.0001

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At home abroad: the presidential election of 2004, the politics of American social policy and what European readers might make of these subjects

At home abroad: the presidential election of 2004, the politics of American social policy and what European readers might make of these subjects

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(p.125) Seven At home abroad: the presidential election of 2004, the politics of American social policy and what European readers might make of these subjects
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Social Policy Review 17
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Marmor Theodore

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346704.003.0008

This chapter determines the significance of the re-election of George Bush for social policy in the US, by using an analysis of two important legislative initiatives. The first is the changes to the Medicare system for prescription payments that were introduced in 2003. The second is the proposed changes to the social insurance pensions that would effectively privatise and individualise the pensions system. The chapter also shows how the passage of legislation reforming the Medicare system was the result of financial scare-mongering.

Keywords:   re-election, George Bush, legislative initiatives, Medicare system, social insurance pensions, pensions system, passage of legislation, financial scare-mongering

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