Mixed Frames of Obamacare: a Critical Discourse Analysis of the Intertwining of Rights and Market Framing Discourse Surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Title: Mixed Frames of Obamacare: a Critical Discourse Analysis of the Intertwining of Rights and Market Framing Discourse Surrounding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Authors: Leimbigler, Betsy
Date: 2014
Abstract: This thesis investigates the complex relationship between political institutions and health care policy through framing techniques employed in political discourse in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It addresses how rights and market framing interact in the development, passage and further discourses on the PPACA. President Obama’s discourses are analyzed using qualitative critical discourse analysis of five remarks and addresses given between 2009-2013. These speeches are unpacked and catego-rized to illustrate the change in framing techniques over time. Three main findings are presented after the analysis portion: market framing is used more frequently in the developmental stages of the PPACA, mixed rights and market framing are largely conveyed through anecdotes, and the “right to affordable health care” is forwarded as an argument. These findings support the main argument that rights and market frames have a high level of interaction in the development of the PPACA.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/31780
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6664
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