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18To doctors, a "starter kit" - complete with 10 hypodermic syringes, 10 VeriChips and a reader - costs $1,400. To patients, a microchip implant meansa $200, out-of-pocket expense to their physician. Presently, chip implants aren't covered by insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid.19For almost two years, the company has been offering hospitals free scanners,but acceptance has been limited. According to the company, 515 hospitals have pledged to take part in the VeriMed network, yet only 100 have actually been equipped and trained to use the system.20Some wonder why they should abandon noninvasive tags such as MedicAlert,a low-tech bracelet that warns paramedics if patients have serious allergies or a chronic medical condition."Having these things under your skin instead of in your back pocket - it's just not clear to me why it's worth the inconvenience," says Westhues.21Silverman responds that an implanted chip is "guaranteed to be with you. It's not a medical arm bracelet that you can take off if you don't like the way it looks..."11
English II, Quarter 3 MNPS Writing TaskIn fact, microchips can be removed from the body - but it's not like removing a splinter.The capsules can migrate around the body or bury themselves deep in the arm. When that happens, a sensor X-ray and monitors are needed to locate the chip, and a plastic surgeon must cut away scar tissue that forms around the chip.22The relative permanence is a big reason why Marc Rotenberg, of the Elec-tronic Privacy Information Center, is suspicious about the motives of the com-pany, which charges $20 a year for customers to keep on its database a record of blood type, allergies, medications, driver's license data and living-will directives. For $80 a year, it will keep an individual's full medical history.Writing TaskIn the short story “Harrison Bergeron,” Vonnegut illustrates a world in which tech-nology is being used in order to manipulate and control the population. The article submitted by Michael Vailis, a discussion of a modern-day application of technology in a major corporation. According to the author of the article, what are the potential12
English II, Quarter 3 MNPS Writing Taskbenefits and drawbacks of the technology being used by CityWatcher? Is it justifi-able to use technology that is intended to make citizens safer, even if it means mini-mizing some personal freedoms? Be sure to make your assertion clear, and use tex-tual evidence from the short story and the article to support your ideas. Manage your time carefully so that you can·Plan your essay and do some prewriting in the space provided.·Write your essay on the lined pages of your answer document.Be sure to·Use evidence from both passages.·Avoid over-relying on one passage.Your written response should be in the form of a multi-paragraph argument essay with evidence from the texts to support your claims.13

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