Policy, Politics and Ethics In
January 22, 2012
Pick two similar federal policies that were discussed over a span of two different administrations. For example, President Clinton’s and Obama’s health care policies or President’s George H.W. Bush’s and George W. Bush’s foreign policy. Discuss the historical perspective of the time when each policy was discussed or implemented. What was the context or the problem of the day and the urgency for the policy? Analyze the social, economic, and political environments for the times the policies were discussed or implemented. Criticize each policy for its effectiveness of the time. Use four to five credible and reputable sources to support your points. Clinton argued that the bottom line of his health care plan was universal coverage, and he threatened to veto any bill that did not provide it. President Clinton’s Healthcare Reform proposal of 1994 By James P. Pfiffner. Keeping with the times of the Clinton Administration, with our country in crisis with the AIDS epidemic, it was crucial to have healthcare coverage for all. Though in 1993 when this article was written, there were far more people working who could afford company insurance policies and didn’t rely heavily on government assisted programs. The health care debate reveals a dilemma for democracy and public debate that is far from new but growing greater with time. The issues that a modern government must face seem increasingly complicated. "The Great Health Care Debate of 1993-94 "Derek Bok Harvard University. The fact is that we are almost 20 years from the great healthcare debate and still we have yet to gain a universal health coverage system that would help combat the millions that go with out. Specifically, Bush proposed changing how spending on health insurance is taxed, and reallocating federal funds to help those states with affordable insurance subsidize low-income and...