Journal of Policy History

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The Lessons of “Lesson Drawing”: How the Obama Administration Attempted to Learn from Failure of the Clinton Health Plan

Kevin P. Donnellya1 and David A. Rocheforta2

a1 Bridgewater State University

a2 Northeastern University

Kevin P. Donnelly is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Bridgewater State College. His publications have appeared in Harvard Health Policy Review and Health and Medicine Rhode Island. He is also the coauthor, with David A. Rochefort, of Foreign Remedies: What the Experience of Other Nations Can Tell Us About Next Steps in Reforming U.S. Health Care (Routledge, 2012).

David A. Rochefort is Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Northeastern University. He is the author of From Poorhouses to Homelessness: Policy Analysis and Mental Health Care, and coeditor, with Robert B. Hackey, of The New Politics of State Health Policy.


The authors are grateful to Christopher Bosso and Michael Dukakis of Northeastern University, as well as two anonymous reviewers of the Journal of Policy History, for their comments on this article.