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}
}
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