Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2016. Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas.
This book is the first monograph devoted to the politics of the Affordable Care Act’s implementation in the 50 states. Our political and comparative analysis of federalism and health care reform focuses on three major policy innovations : health-insurance exchanges, Medicaid expansion, and regulatory reform.
Praise for Obamacare Wars:
“Highly recommended” – Choice
“Obamacare Wars might be the guide to policy in a new world of polarized, racialized politics where at least one of our two political parties seems not to have read classical political science about coalitions and interests.” – Perspectives on Politics
“Obamacare Wars provides a thoughtful, well-written account of the fascinating politics associated with [the ACA’s] implementation. The book illustrates the value of a detailed empirical case study. It is an important contribution to the field of policy implementation and the politics of health policy.” – Political Science Quarterly
“Béland, Rocco, and Waddan contribute significantly to our understanding of implementation in federal systems by demonstrating convincingly that the politics and strategies of implementing this single piece of health care reform legislation in the American states were myriad and a function not only of partisan polarization but also of the diverse policy issues embedded within the law.”- The Journal of Politics
“Obamacare Wars Federalism: State Politics and the Affordable Care Act provides insight into policy and program implementation of a complex and politically contentious law. (…) The strength of the work is that it takes previous theory on implementation, adds to it and applies it to the implementation of the ACA. The results help explain how and why health care reform has been unevenly enacted across the states.” – Publius: The Journal of Federalism
“The first serious analysis of a neglected but vital aspect of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare Wars offers an informed and revealing look at the varied role of the states in the implementation of President Obama’s landmark federal health law. Ideal for both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as law, business, and public health programs, the book should be read by anyone trying to understand the post-enactment struggles that have resulted in millions of Americans obtaining new coverage—and millions more waiting for it as their state leaders resist federal intentions.” – Jacob S. Hacker, Yale University
- Callen, Zachary and Philip Rocco, eds. American Political Development and the Trump Presidency (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- Kelly, Andrew S. and Philip Rocco. 2019. “From Trial and Error to Major Reforms: The Politics of Medicare Demonstration Projects.” Public Administration: doi.org/10.1111/padm.12585.
- Rocco, Philip and Zachary Callen. 2020. “Introduction.” In American Political Development and the Trump Presidency, edited by Zachary Callen and Philip Rocco. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Rocco, Philip. 2020. “The Policy State and the Post-Truth Presidency.” In American Political Development and the Trump Presidency, edited by Zachary Callen and Philip Rocco. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
- Rocco, Philip, Andrew Kelly, and Ann Keller. 2018. “Politics at the Cutting Edge: Intergovernmental Policy Innovation in the Affordable Care Act.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 48 (3): 425-453.
- Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2018. “Obamacare in the Trump Era: Where are we Now, and Where are we Going?” The Political Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-923X.12527.
- Rocco, Philip and Simon Haeder. 2018. “How Intense Policy Demanders Shape Post-Reform Politics: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act .” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 43(2): 271-304.
- Béland, Daniel, Anahely Medrano, and Philip Rocco. 2018. “Federalism and the Politics of Bottom-Up Policy Diffusion in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.” Political Science Quarterly 133 (Fall): 527–560.
- Rocco, Philip. 2017. “The Anti-Analytic Presidency Revisited.” The Forum 15 (2): 363-378.
- Jarlenski, Marian, Philip Rocco, Renuka Tipernini, Nivedita Gunturi, and Julie Donohue. 2017. “Making Health Policy for Low-Income Populations: An Assessment of Public Participation in a New Medicaid Waiver Process.” Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law 42(6): 1039-1064
- Rocco, Philip. 2017. “Informal Caregiving and the Politics of Policy Drift.” Journal of Aging and Social Policy 29(5): 413-432.
- Rocco, Philip (Lead Author), Andrew S. Kelly, Daniel Béland, and Michael Kinane. 2017. “The New Politics of US Health Care Prices: Institutional Reconfiguration and the Emergence of All-Payer Claims Databases.” Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law 42(1):5-52.
- Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2016. “Obamacare and the Politics of Universal Health Insurance Coverage in the United States.” Social Policy & Administration 50 (4): 428-451.
- Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2016. “Reassessing Policy Drift: Social Policy Change in the United States.” Social Policy & Administration 50(2): 201-218.
- Rocco, Philip, Walid F. Gellad, Julie M. Donohue. 2015. “Modernizing Medicaid Managed Care: Can States Meet the Data Challenges?” JAMA 314(15): 1559-1560.
- Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco and Alex Waddan. 2015. “Polarized Stakeholders and Institutional Vulnerabilities: The Enduring Politics of the Affordable Care Act.” Clinical Therapeutics 37 (4): 720–726.
- Tummers, Lars and Philip Rocco. 2015. “Serving Clients When the Server Crashes: How Frontline Workers Cope With E-Government Challenges.” Public Administration Review 75(6): 817-827.
- Rocco, Philip. 2015. “Making Federalism Work? The Politics of Intergovernmental Collaboration and the PPACA.” Journal of Health and Human Services Administration 37(4): 412–461.
- Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2014. “Implementing Health Care Reform in the United States: Intergovernmental Politics and the Dilemmas of Institutional Design.” Health Policy 116(1): 51–60.
- Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. 2014. “Obamacare, Universal Credit, and the Trilemma of Public Services.” Public Administration Review 74 (2): 142–143.
- Rocco, Philip and Chloe Thurston. 2014. “From Metaphors to Measures: Observable Indicators of Gradual Institutional Change.” Journal of Public Policy 34 (1): 35–62.
- Chatfield, Sara and Philip Rocco. 2014. “Is Federalism a Political Safety Valve? Evidence from Congressional Decision-Making, 1960–2005.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44 (1): 1-23.
- Rocco, Philip. 2011. “Wissensproduktion in der RAND Corporation.” Macht und Geist im Kalten Krieg. Edited by Bernd Greiner, Tim B. Müller, and Claudia Weber. Hamburg: Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung. 301–320.