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Disabled people, work and welfareIs employment really the answer?$
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Chris Grover and Linda Piggott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.001.0001

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Disability and employment in the United States

Disability and employment in the United States

the intersection of healthcare reform and welfare-to-work policy

(p.127) Seven Disability and employment in the United States
Disabled people, work and welfare

Randall Owen

Robert Gould

Sarah Parker Harris

Policy Press

This chapter analyses welfare to work policy for disabled people in the United States in the context of healthcare reform. The chapter begins by describing the national policy context in the United States, focusing on neoliberal and rights discourses, and their role in active citizenship. We analyse how these discourses have been applied in policy rhetoric of welfare and healthcare reform specific to two federal policies: the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The interconnected impact of these reforms is explored, with emphasis placed on neoliberalism and rights within these reforms.

Keywords:   affordable care act, disabled people, healthcare, neoliberalism, rights, ticket to work, United States, welfare to work

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