Employer preferences during the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Reardon, Matthew William
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • The changes to the U.S. health care system brought about during the Obama Administration are both the most extensive and most controversial the country has seen in many decades. Employers are traditionally opponents to expansionary government policies. To develop why Obama reforms passed, I compare the Obama and Clinton attempts and discuss factors affecting businesses that may have shifted. The goal of this thesis is to investigate the interests and preferences of employers both large and small and analyze whether they were indeed antagonistic toward the health care reforms. I argue that there are both economic and political organizational reasons for employer preferences that differ based on size. This thesis finds employer responses were antagonistic and that generally the profit motive took precedent over prospective long-term social equality advances.
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  • ... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Political Science, Concentration European Governance.
  • Stephens, John

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