The Carter Administration’s Health Budget: Charting New Priorities with Limited Dollars

Although the budget is described by the Administration as a “full statement of its priorities,” policy and spending are bound by past decisions. New program initiatives are limited to a few discretionary programs under the Public Health Service, but the massive budget does reveal personal preferences of the President and the Secretary. Some of these choices may not find congressional favor; yet the entire budget process shows the Democrats again endorsing the categorical approach reminiscent of the New Deal and the Great Society.

Author(s): John K. Iglehart

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Volume 56, Issue 1 (pages 51–77)
Published in 1978