Surprising Way Race Colors Attitudes To Health Care Reform

By | March 9, 2011

Huffington Post

– Some opposition to the Obama administration’s health care reform law is linked to racial bias, according to a study released by the Greenlining Institute on Tuesday.

But, according to the research, much of this opposition to health care reform is not attributable to racially charged views about President Barack Obama in particular, but, comes from a complex idea called racial resentment.

“The racial bias that I looked at is a construct called racial resentment, it’s the idea that the reason why blacks don’t get ahead in society is because they don’t work hard enough,” said Daniel Byrd, research director at the Greenlining Institute. “Obama isn’t affecting their attitudes towards the healthcare reform law, it’s more about the idea that blacks may be getting something they don’t deserve.”

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