Variation of Presidential Approval for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Open Access
Author:
Kendig, Hannah Jane
Area of Honors:
Political Science
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • David Lynn Lowery, Thesis Supervisor
  • James A Piazza, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Obama
  • PPACA
  • approval rating
  • time series model
  • introduction
  • adoption
  • implementation
  • Supreme Court decision
Abstract:
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act exhibited various policy interventions with the introduction, passage, the Supreme Court decision to uphold the bill, and implementation. Since President Obama vowed to reform the United States healthcare system during his campaign, people view this legislation as his responsibility to Americans and, as a result, they may have varying public approval rating of how President Obama handles his job in office. This kind of research will analyze literature, theory, and data in order to determine if variation does exist throughout his first term and the first month of his second term in response to the major events surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. With the information determined by the conclusion of this study, it could provide beneficial information for policy makers to design future legislation for greater public support, causing more policies to pass or to go through the process more efficiently.