Healthcare Reform

This guide is designed to help you research information about healthcare reform. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Affordable Care Act
  • Universal Health Care
  • Preventive Services
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • Public/Private Health Insurance
  • Pre-Existing Condition Insurance

New Books


Persily, Nathaniel, Gillian E. Metzger and Trevor W. Morrison, eds. The Health Care Case: The Supreme Court's decision and its implications. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: KF228.S42 H43 2013

Circulating Books

Lynch, Frederick R. One Nation Under AARP: the Fight Over Medicare, Social Security, and America's Future. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011. Print.
Call Number: HQ1064.U5 L94 2011

Gottfried, Dennis. Too Much Medicine: a Doctor's Prescription for Better and More Affordable Health Care. St. Paul: Paragon House, 2009. Print.
Call Number: RA410.53.G68 2009

Clifton, Guy. Flatlined: Rescuscitating American Medicine. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009. Print.
Call Number: RA395 .A3 C618 2009

Richmond, Julius B.The Health Care Mess: How We Got into It and What It Will Take to Get Out. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005. Print.
Call Number: RA395 .A3 R53 2005

Patel, Kant. The Politics of Public Health in the United States. Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2005. Print.
Call Number: RA445 .P37 2005

Kronenfeld, Jennie Jacobs and Michael R. Healthcare Reform in America: A Reference Handbook.Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2004. Print.
Call Number: RA395 .A3 K7593 2004

Wurman, Richard Saul. Understanding Healthcare. Newport: TOP, 2004. Print.
Call Number: RA427.2 .W97 2004

Marcus, Leonard J. Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collabroation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1995. Print.
Call Number: RA394.9 .M3651995

Reference Books

Kronenfield, Jennie. Debates on U.S. Healthcare. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2012. Print.
Call Number: REF RA395.A3 D433 2012

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Healthcare Imperative: Lowering Costs and Improving Outcomes

Healthy Voice, Unhealthy Silence

National Health Insurance in the United States and Canada

Chaos and Organization in Health Care

Policy Challenges in Modern Health Care

The Healthcare Fix: Universal Insurance for all Americans

The Truth About Health Care: Why Reform Is Not Working in America


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about Healthcare Reform.
  • Newsweek
  • Time
  • The Economist


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 1,100 articles mentioning "healthcare reform", over 200 articles mentioning "affordable care", and over 300 articles mentiontional "public" and "private" "health"
Issues and Controversies helps researchers understand the crucial issues we face today, exploring more than 800 hot topics in business, politics, government, education, and popular culture.
This database offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues including over 8,000 articles on healthcare reform.
This database includes more than 5,000 full-text results on the subject of health care reform from academic journals, magazines, books and newspapers, as well as over 70 multimedia items.
Provides full text for nearly 1,860 periodicals covering a variety of subjects including general reference and health. This database offers over 9,000 articles mentioning health care reform.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

The Future of Health Care: Meeting of the Minds (47 minutes)
America’s health care system is on the verge of a massive transformation. Will universal access lead to lower quality of care? Will it stifle or support U.S.
businesses? And what will American medicine look like for the next generation? This CNBC program addresses those questions and more as it assembles some of the biggest names in policy making and the health care industry. Panelists include Senator Bill Frist, former Senate majority leader (R-TN); John C. Lechleiter,
president and CEO of Eli Lilly; Angela F. Braly, president and CEO of Wellpoint, Inc.; Dr. Steven Nissen, chief of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic; and
Jennifer M. Granholm, former governor of Michigan (D). A part of the series Meeting of the Minds: America’s Economic Future.

Redefining Health Care (47 minutes)
Providing comprehensive public access to affordable, quality health care is a mammoth struggle—even for wealthy societies with the political will to do so.
This CNBC program looks at technological solutions that could potentially slash medical costs, reduce inefficiencies, and create tailor-made treatments for the
individual patient. The program begins by exploring issues in personalized medicine, then moves on to improvements in diagnosis, treatment, health care
delivery systems, and the insurance industry. Expert commentary comes from Dr. Steven Nissen, chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Cardiovascular
Medicine; Tim Brown, CEO of the innovation consulting firm IDEO; Dr. Arthur Caplan, director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania;
and Dr. Bernadine Healy, health editor for U.S. News & World Report. A part of the series The Business of Innovation (Season 3).
Partisan Politics Sinks Health Care Reform (7 minutes)
Sharp divisions among Congressional Democrats weakened President Clinton's ambitious health care reform plan. Republican opposition and a rival plan
introduced by Democrat Jim Cooper defeated Clinton's plan for a national health care system.


Aging America and Health Care Reform (6 minutes)
American society may come to value the wisdom of their elders. As Americans live longer, medical expenses increase significantly. Medicare coverage will be
severely strained by aging baby boomers.

Web sites

There are many helpful web sites about abortion. The web sites listed below have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has an informative guide.

This is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Whitehouse website explains health care law.
This is a link to the full text of the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."
The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) is a nonpartisan policy research organization located in Washington, D.C. HSC designs and conducts
studies focused on the U.S. health care system to inform the thinking and decisions of policy makers in government and private industry.
For more than 20 years, the Dartmouth Atlas Project has documented glaring variations in how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project uses Medicare data to provide information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as hospitals and their affiliated physicians.

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General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 11/05/10 by Becky Ferris; updated on 3/15/14 by Joy Singletary.