Journal of Undergraduate Research


ideal Medicaid recipient, voter's preferences, conjoint analysis


Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Political Science


With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care policy became one of the most talked about issues in the United States. As a result, many states have been grappling with the question of whether to expand Medicaid. Utah is a particularly good place to study this salient issue because it is in the midst of deciding whether and how much to expand the Medicaid program. In this study I used a novel method of analysis to identify which attributes of Medicaid recipients or potential recipients were most influential in the minds of Utah voters as they determined who deserved the state’s help.