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Concern for protecting the American culture and wayof life is strongly associated with opposition toObamacare

Knoll, Benjamin and Shewmaker, Jordan (2015) Concern for protecting the American culture and wayof life is strongly associated with opposition toObamacare. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (02 Apr 2015). Website.

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Abstract

President Obama’s signature health care reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, recently reached its five year-anniversary, with little end yet in sight to the controversy its implementation has caused, especially among conservatives. But how can we explain such widespread opposition to the ACA? In new research which looks at attitudes across the U.S., Benjamin Knoll and Jordan Shewmaker find that those who support the protection of American culture and way of life – ‘nativists’ – are much more likely to be against the ACA. For many Americans, they explain, reforms such as Obamacare are increasingly becoming associated with “foreign” political values and practices, especially for strong Republicans. They also comment that for those with stronger nativist attitudes, President Obama’s perceived foreignness likely played a role in shaping their opposition toward the ACA.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 13 May 2015 16:30
Last Modified: 18 May 2020 23:20
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61935

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