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The Medicaid Expansion and Attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act

12 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2017  

Daniel J. Hopkins

University of Pennsylvania

Kalind Parish

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Political Science, Students

Date Written: June 21, 2017

Abstract

Enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reshaped U.S. health policy. Yet it remains politically divisive, with overall public opposition having outweighed support for years post-enactment. In a polarized era, can the implementation of a complex program such as the ACA influence public opinion through a policy feedback? To address that question, this paper considers the impact of the Medicaid expansion which took place in select states. Using differences-in-differences estimation and surveys of more than 63,000 American adults between 2010 and 2016, we show that the Medicaid expansion made low-income Americans more supportive of the ACA.

Keywords: Public Opinion, Policy Feedbacks, Health Policy, Affordable Care Act

JEL Classification: H51, I13, H00

Suggested Citation

Hopkins, Daniel J. and Parish, Kalind, The Medicaid Expansion and Attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act (June 21, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2990576

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Philadelphia, PA 19104
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Kalind Parish

University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Political Science, Students ( email )

Stiteler Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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