Eligibility and Resentment on Insurance Exchanges
Jessica M. Mulligan’s chapter draws on the concepts of “dog whistle politics” and white resentment to make sense of repeated attempts to repeal the ACA and disrupt its implementation. This chapter examines the different meanings and impacts of the law for differently situated individuals and families, some of whom fell into the “coverage gap” created by red states’ decision not to expand Medicaid. She concludes that there is no shared sense of the social created through the law, which has impacted its success. Instead, people’s experience of health care reform, and potentially enhanced health care access, is mediated by a politics of resentment, eligibility, and actuarial categories, past experiences with insurance and illness, and attempts to care for loved ones.
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