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The Bookshelf: May 26, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Compromised.

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COMPROMISED: The Affordable Care Act and Politics of Defeat

by Brendan W. Williams

Debut author Williams was a three-term Democratic state representative and the deputy to the insurance commissioner of Washington state, so he’s well-positioned to write a book about the creation, passage, and aftermath of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. … Williams walks readers through the labyrinth of political compromises that ultimately diluted the original reformist spirit of the ACA and, in his view, rendered it a dubious achievement. His analysis is consistently rigorous, and it’s particularly strong when it turns to complex issues such as state-run health insurance exchanges. … Overall, Williams’ examination might prove too wonkish for average readers ... But for those who want a detailed investigation into the internal machinations of the ACA, this is a well-documented assessment.

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