In this Washington Post opinion piece, Jamila Michener, assistant professor of government, writes about her research, which shows that people on Medicaid often feel powerless and therefore disengage in politics.
"To be sure, Medicaid acts as a vital lifeline, improving and extending lives," Michener writes. "But my research shows that the way it is administered also teaches people about their place in society, educates them and those around them about politics and power, and influences political participation. In doing so, the program may exacerbate inequality in political participation, making it less likely that political leaders will hear the voices of the United States’ less fortunate citizens."
Read the entire Washington Post piece here.