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The System by Haynes Johnson
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Dec 08, 09

bookshelves: history
Read in December, 2009

A very solid, reported examination of the Clinton administration's 1993-1994 effort to enact comprehensive health care reform. I wish I had read it last spring though, so much of the current health care fight parallels that fight.

One annoying tick I noticed in the book was that Broder and Johnson referred Clinton as the first Democratic president since LBJ to do one thing another. There was only one Dem president between LBJ and Clinton! Clinton wasn't breaking some kind of historical trend by simply doing something that Jimmy Carter didn't do.
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