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Governors who refuse to expand Medicaid are doing so for political reasons, despite the needs of their state’s citizenry

Barrilleaux, Charles and Rainey, Carlisle (2015) Governors who refuse to expand Medicaid are doing so for political reasons, despite the needs of their state’s citizenry. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (23 Mar 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

One of the key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ‘Obamacare’ was the expansion of Medicaid program across the states. The Supreme Court struck down the requirement for states to expand the program in 2012, and 20 states have since opted out. In new research, Charles Barrilleaux and Carlisle Rainey look at why state government have opted out of the Medicaid expansion. They find that political variables, such as Obama’s 2012 vote share and the governor’s partisanship are the best predictors of opposition to Medicaid expansion, rather than measures of need, such as life expectancy or the number of people that are uninsured.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2015 13:24
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 13:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61704

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