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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Trumpcare and Perceptions of Medicaid

In The Politics of Autism, I discuss health care issues and state Medicaid services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

If critics of Trumpcare want to move public opinion, they need to change the image of Medicaid as a handout to lazy, able-bodied adults. In particular, they need to show that many beneficiaries are people with autism and other disabilities.

Some background:

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports on a survey:
When asked whether Medicaid is more similar to other health insurance programs or to welfare programs, more people see Medicaid as health insurance (60%) than welfare (37%). There is a significant partisan divide in these perceptions, with most Democrats and independents viewing Medicaid as health insurance and a narrow majority of Republicans viewing it as welfare.