The Dysfunctional Politics of the Affordable Care Act

by Greg Shaw

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  • 9781440840029
  • 9781440840036

This revealing work focuses on the politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), explaining how and why supporters and opponents have approached the issue as they have since the act's passage in 2010. The first book to systematically examine public knowledge of the ACA across time, it also documents how that knowledge has remained essentially static since 2010, despite the importance of health-policy reform to every American.

An important book for anyone concerned about the skyrocketing costs of health care in the United States, the work accomplishes three main tasks intended to help readers better understand one of the most important policy challenges of our time. The early chapters explain why congressional Democrats designed the Affordable Care Act of 2010 as they did, clarifies some of the consequences of the act's features, and examines why Republicans have fought the implementation of the law so fiercely. The study then looks at how the intersection of economics and politics applies to the ACA. Finally, the book details what the public knows—and doesn't know—about the law and discusses the prospects for citizens gaining the knowledge they should have about the overall issue of health-policy reform.


  • ABC-CLIO; May 2017
  • ISBN: 9781440840036
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  • Title: The Dysfunctional Politics of the Affordable Care Act
  • Author: Greg Shaw
  • Imprint: Praeger
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9781440840029
  • 9781440840036

In The Press

"A comprehensive and convincing review of the politics of Obamacare. . . . This is an excellent book and well worth the read for those interested in health care or polarization more broadly. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." - Choice


About The Author

Greg M. Shaw, PhD, is professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Illinois Wesleyan University.