The Policy Process

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Angie Gooding
HCS/455
The Policy Process
6/11/2012
Healthcare Policy The Past and The Future
James McManus

The Policy Process

Introduction
Policy process refers to actions that are taken by the government. Decisions made the government are action taking to try and help or improve the quality of life for its citizens. Before a policy can be created, a problem must exist that requires the government’s attention (Cliff notes, 2010). Such things might include: crime, terrorism, immigration, health care issues and other matter of national attention that need to be solved. Formulation stage

The formulation stage involves finding new ways of solving a certain problem. There could be many positive and negative solutions to the problem. Congress and the executive branch may find different approaches to solving the problem (pink monkey, 2010). It is at this point that contradictory proposals are often made. After a policy is put together it is them given to congress. An adoption process takes place after legislation is passed or regulations are finalized or a decision is passed by the Supreme Court (Pink monkey, 2010). Implementation

This stage is carried out most often by some other institution other than the one that formulated and adopted it (Cliffnotes, 2010). A statute is normally a broad outline of the policy. The Supreme Court has handling in the enforcement or decisions, it is up to other branches of government to implement it determinations (Cliff notes, 2010). Success implementation depends on the complexity of the issue at hand and the coordinating efforts of those putting the policy into effect and compliance (Cliffnotes, 2010). Sometimes implementation stage depends on the scrutiny of the issue before the supreme. History has proved that once policies are implemented they are hard, at best to terminate. If they are terminated it is often because there are new and update...
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