The Politics of Policy: The Initial Mass Political Effects of Medicaid Expansion in the States

@article{Clinton2017ThePO,
  title={The Politics of Policy: The Initial Mass Political Effects of Medicaid Expansion in the States},
  author={Joshua D. Clinton and Michael W. Sances},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2017},
  volume={112},
  pages={167 - 185}
}
Whether public policy affects electoral politics is an enduring question with an elusive answer. We identify the impact of the highly contested Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 by exploiting cross-state variation created by the 2012 Supreme Court decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius. We compare changes in registration and turnout following the expansion of Medicaid in January of 2014 to show that counties in expansion states experience… Expand
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