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).
2021 Rocco, Philip, Jessica Rich, Kasia Klasa, Ken Dubin, and Daniel Béland. “Who Counts Where?Federalism and the Politics of COVID-19 Surveillance.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 46 (4).
2021 Rocco, Philip. “Keeping Score: The Congressional Budget Office and the Politics of Institutional Durability.” Polity 53 (4).
2021 Lopez-Santana, Mariely and Philip Rocco. “Fiscal Federalism and Economic Crises in the United States: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Great Recession.” Publius 51 (3).
2021 Lecours, André, Daniel Béland, Alan Fenna, Tracy Beck Fenwick, Mireille Paquet, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. “Federalism and the Covid-19 crisis: Canada, Australia and the United States in Comparative Perspective.” Publius 51 (3).
2021 Béland, Daniel, Greg Marchildon, Anahely Medrano, and Philip Rocco, “COVID-19, Federalism, Policy Feedback, and Health Care Funding in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. https://doi.org/10.1080/13876988.2020.1848353.
2020 Béland, Daniel, Shannon Dinan, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. “Social Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Canada and the United States.” Social Policy and Administration. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/spol.12656
2020 Rocco, Philip. “Direct Democracy and the Fate of Medicaid Expansion.” JAMA Health Forum. August 21.
2020 Rocco, Philip, Daniel Béland, and Alex Waddan. “Stuck in Neutral? American Federalism and the Politics of Counter-Cyclical Responses to COVID-19.” Policy & Society 39 (3): 458–77. +
2020 Rocco, Philip and Andrew S. Kelly. “An Engine of Change? The Affordable Care Act and the Shifting Politics of Medicare Demonstration Projects.” RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 6(2): 67–84. +
2020 Rocco, Philip, Ann Keller, and Andrew S. Kelly. “State Politics and the Uneven Fate of Medicaid Expansion.” Health Affairs 39 (3): 494–501. +
2020 Béland, Daniel Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. “The Affordable Care Act in the States: Fragmented Politics, Unstable Policy.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 45(4): 647–660.
2020 Béland, Daniel, Michael Howlett, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan, “Designing Policy Resilience: Lessons from the Affordable Care Act,” Policy Sciences 53(2): 269–89.
2019 Kelly, Andrew S. and Philip Rocco. “From Trial and Error to Major Reform: The Politics of Medicare Demonstration Projects.” Public Administration 97 (3): 621–38.
2019 Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. “The ACA and the Politics of Policy Feedback.” Policy Studies Journal 47 (2): 395–422.
2018 Rocco, Philip, Andrew S. Kelly, and Ann Keller. “Politics at the Cutting Edge: Intergovernmental Policy Innovation in the Affordable Care Act.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 48 (3): 425–453.
2018 Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. “Obamacare in the Trump Era: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?” The Political Quarterly 89 (4): 687–694.
2018 Béland, Daniel, Anahely Medrano, and Philip Rocco. “Federalism and the Politics of Bottom-Up Social Policy Diffusion in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.” Political Science Quarterly 133 (Fall): 527–560.
2018 Rocco, Philip and Simon Haeder. “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.
2018 Shi, Shih-Jiun, Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan, “Paths to (De)centralization: Territorial Dynamics and Social Policy in the People’s Republic of China and the US.” Environment and Planning C 36 (5): 897–915.
2017 Rocco, Philip. “The Anti-Analytic Presidency Revisited.” The Forum 15(2): 363–378.
2017 Rocco, Philip. “Informal Caregiving and the Politics of Policy Drift in the United States.” Journal of Aging and Social Policy 29 (5): 413-432.
2017 Jarlenski, Marian, Philip Rocco, Renu Tipirneni, Amy Kennedy, Nivedita Gunturi, and Julie Donohue. “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.
2017 Rocco, Philip, Andrew S. Kelly, Daniel Béland, and Michael Kinane.“The New Politics of US Health Care Prices: Institutional Reconfiguration and the Emergence of All-Payer Claims Databases.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law 42 (1): 5–52. +
2017 Rodakowski, Juleen, Philip Rocco, Maqui Ortiz, Barbara Folb, Sally C. Morton, Richard Schulz, Lu Hu, Sally Caine Leathers, and A. Everette James. “Integrating Caregivers of Older Adult Patients into Discharge Planning to Lower Resource Utilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.” Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 65 (8): 1748–1755.
2016 Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan, “Obamacare and the Politics of Universal Health Insurance Coverage in the United States.” Social Policy & Administration 50(4): 428–451.
2016 Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan, “Reassessing Policy Drift:
Social Policy Change in the United States,” Social Policy & Administration 50 (2): 201–218.
2015 Rocco, Philip, Walid F. Gellad, and Julie M. Donohue. “Modernizing Medicaid Managed Care: Can States Meet the Data Challenges?” JAMA 314 (15):1559–60.
2015 Tummers, Lars and Philip Rocco. “Serving Clients When the Server Crashes: How Frontline Workers Cope with E-Government Challenges.” Public Administration Review 75(6): 817–827.
2015 Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan, “Polarized Stakeholders and Institutional Vulnerabilities: The Enduring Politics of the Affordable Care Act.” Clinical Therapeutics 37 (4): 720–726.
2015 Rocco, Philip. “Making Federalism Work? The Politics of Intergovernmental Collaboration and The PPACA.” Journal of Health and Human Services Administration 37(4): 412–461.
2014 Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. “Implementing Health Reform in the United States: Intergovernmental Politics and the Dilemmas of Institutional Design.” Health Policy 116 (Spring): 51–60.
2014 Béland, Daniel, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan. “Obamacare, Universal Credit, and the Trilemma of Public Services.” Public Administration Review 74(2):142–3.
2014 Rocco, Philip and Chloe Thurston. “From Metaphors to Measures: Observable Indicators of Gradual Institutional Change.” Journal of Public Policy 34 (1): 35–62.
2014 Chatfield, Sara and Philip Rocco. “Is Federalism a Political Safety Valve? Evidence from Congressional Decision-Making, 1960–2005.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 44 (1): 1–23.
Forthcoming Rocco, Philip. “Laboratories of What? American Federalism and the Politics of Democratic Subversion.” In Democratic Resilience: Can the US Withstand Rising Polarization?, edited by Robert Lieberman, Suzanne Mettler, and Ken Roberts. New York: Cambridge University Press.
2020 Rocco, Philip. “Medicaid Expansion: Intergovernmental Reform meets Nationalized Politics.” In Medicare and Medicaid: A Reference Handbook, edited by Greg Shaw, 126–135. ABC-CLIO.
2020 Rocco, Philip. “The Quiet Politics of Medicaid Work Requirements.” In Medicaid: Enrollment, Eligibility, and Key Issues, edited by Daniel Lanford, 111–40. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
2020 Rocco, Philip and Zachary Callen. “Introduction.” In American Political Development and the Trump Presidency, edited by Zachary Callen and Philip Rocco, 1–12. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
2020 Rocco, Philip. “The Policy State and the Post-Truth Presidency.” In American Political Development and the Trump Presidency, edited by Zachary Callen and Philip Rocco, 114–29. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
2011 Rocco, Philip. “Wissensproduktion in der RAND Corporation.” In Macht und Geist im Kalten Krieg, edited by Bernd Greiner, Tim B. Müller, Claudia Weber, 301–20. Hamburg: Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung.*
2021 Kass, Amanda, Philip Rocco, and Isabella Romano. Strengthening Local Government Finances: State and Federal Policies for a Crisis Era. University of Illinois at Chicago, Government Finance Research Center.
2020 Reinecke, David and Philip Rocco. The Human Costs of Local Fiscal Crises During COVID-19. Report prepared under contract with the National League of Cities.
2016 Everette James, Meredith Hughes, and Philip Rocco, Addressing the Needs of Caregivers at Risk: A New Policy Strategy. University of Pittsburgh, Health Policy Institute
2015 Everette James, Sally Morton, William Dunn, Philip Rocco, et al., Addressing the Health Needs of an Aging America: New Opportunities for Evidence-Based Policy Solutions. University of Pittsburgh, Health Policy Institute
Reviews and Essays
2020 Ending Federalism as We Know It. Jacobin 39: 58-64.
2020 Review of Matt Grossmann, Red State Blues. Perspectives on Politics 18(2): 627–29.
2019 Review of Didi Kuo, Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy: The Rise of Programmatic Politics in the United States and Britain. Public Administration 97(4): 960–61.
2018 Review of Norma Riccucci, Policy Drift: Shared Powers and the Making of U.S. Law and Policy. American Review of Public Administration.
2018 Review of Jamila Michener, Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism, and Unequal Politics. Perspectives on Politics 16 (December): 1166–1168.
2018 Review of Karen Orren and Stephen Skowronek, The Policy State: An American Predicament. Journal of Interdisciplinary History 49 (2): 346–347.
2018 Review of Kristin Szylvian, The Mutual Housing Experiment: New Deal Communities for the Urban Middle Class. Political Science Quarterly 132 (4): 777-778.
2017 Review of Pamela Clouser McCann, The Federal Design Dilemma. Publius: The Journal of Federalism 47(4), e13.
2016 Open Government and the Politics of Public Knowledge in the United States. Public Administration 94 (3): 846–853.
2015 Review Essay: Mapping the Policy State. Public Administration 93(1): 248–254.
2014 Review Essay: Muddling Through Hard Times. Public Administration 92 (2): 525–530.
2013 Review of Kimberley Morgan and Andrea Campbell, The Delegated Welfare State: Medicare, Markets and the Governance of Social Policy, Public Administration 91 (4): 1075–77.
2013 Review of Joanna Grisinger, The Unwieldy American State. Public Administration Review 73 (5): 765–7.