In a study published in the American Journal of Political Science, Michael Tesler, an assistant professor of political science at Brown University, finds that opposition to healthcare reform may be based on more on race than on policy.
Dr. Tesler found that African Americans have become increasing supportive of healthcare reform since President Obama took office. He also found policy differences among Whites that correlated with their views of racial issues.
Professor Tesler presented groups of Whites with identical healthcare reform proposals. One group was told that the plan was offered by President Clinton while the other group was told it was a plan proposed by President Obama. Whites with liberal attitudes on racial issues were more likely to support healthcare reform if they were told the plan was Obama’s. But Whites with more conservative racial views were more likely to support the plan if they believed Bill Clinton proposed the reforms.