Chapter%2011 - POL 413 ASSIGNMENT: Complete the exercises...

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POL 413 ASSIGNMENT: Complete the exercises in this chapter. Type up your answers to Exercise 11.1 and Exercise 11.2. Refer to "Sample Workbook Assignment" on Blackboard to see how you should format your answers. Your answers are due at the beginning of class on Friday, December 3 rd . (Group work is not allowed. Each student should do his or her own work. If students have any questions, please contact Prof. Clawson.) 11 11 I MPACT OF P UBLIC O PINION ON P OLICY On October 27, 2009, newspapers across the nation reported a major development in the ongoing debate over health care reform in the U.S. Congress: The public option would be in the Senate’s bill. In a period lasting many months, various health reform bills had been introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate. By October dozens of details had been discussed and voted on in committee, including measures to control skyrocketing health care costs, mandates to require individuals to have health insurance coverage, and restrictions on insurance companies to ensure that they did not deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions. Among the most hotly contested features of the debate, however, was the public option. This element of health care reform would establish a government-run health insurance plan. Supporters argued that this option would provide much-needed competition to private insurance companies, thus curtailing insurance costs for the public. Opponents countered by stating the public option would be the 1
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first step toward government control of health insurance. The news of October 27 did not end the policy debate but merely signaled that the Senate would vote on a bill containing a public option. Whether that bill actually passed, what the final version of the bill in the House looked like, and whether any bill would reach President Barack Obama for a signature were still open questions on that day. The news on that fall day in 2009 also focused on another important policy issue: troop levels in Afghanistan. General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan at the time, had recommended that President Obama add 40,000 members of the military to the approximately 68,000 already serving in that nation. These extra personnel, McChrystal argued, would allow the military to focus on areas of Afghanistan under the control of the Taliban. As President Obama was pondering that request, many others weighed in, publicly offering the president their advice. These views ranged from requests to reduce troop levels to encouraging the president to commit, immediately, at least the additional troops McChrystal recommended. Supporters of the former pointed out that the U.S. military was already overextended and no longer needed to be fighting in Afghanistan. On the opposite side, arguments included the need for extra troops in order to mount a serious counterterrorism effort in Afghanistan and to keep the current U.S. military personnel in that nation safe. Many views in
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