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Immigrant Access in the Affordable Care Act: Legacies of the Confederacy

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Although designed to make health insurance at last accessible to all, the Affordability Care Act (ACA) entrenches categorical inequalities between types of qualified and unqualified immigrants, further relegating the latter to the margins of society where a large pool of cheap labor with few rights toil. We recast Tilly’s theory of durable inequalities to help analyze this legacy and its manifestations in the ACA . Legal and organizational features of the ACA reflect a long history of institutional discrimination dating back to measures taken by the Confederate states to exclude and disqualify ex-slaves from federal programs designed to help them and others.

This talk is part of the Department of Sociology Seminar Series series.

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