Race and Social Problems

, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 293–304 | Cite as

The Fate of Obamacare: Racial Resentment, Ethnocentrism and Attitudes about Healthcare Reform

  • Angie MaxwellEmail author
  • Todd Shields


Health care has been a contentious issue in American politics for decades, and scholars are beginning to understand the reasons behind public support for, and opposition to, healthcare reform. Using national survey data, we measure the impact of various racial attitudes, including Racial Resentment and Ethnocentrism, on white support for healthcare reform. We measure participants’ attitudes across a range of important dimensions of healthcare reform and examine a randomized experiment with a control group that frames legislation as “recent” healthcare reform and a treatment condition that frames legislation as “President Obama’s” healthcare reform. The findings demonstrate that racial attitudes and Ethnocentrism continue to play a role in both support and opposition to healthcare reform.


Healthcare reform Racial Resentment Ethnocentrism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA
  2. 2.Fulbright College of Arts and SciencesUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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