1. The authors of our American Government textbook on page 213 state that “Elections are the hallmark of political participation in a democracy.” Last year was an election year within the U.S. and the State of Georgia. Current Georgia Governor Nathan Deal sought reelection while challenged by Jason Carter. Answer the following question. Name Governor Deal’s political party identification. You may want to reference www.gov.georgia.gov or www.nathandeal.org for assistance in answering this question. (Question worth 5 points)
Governor Nathan Deal’s party identification is a republican√
2. Relative to your response to question 1, describe Governor Deal’s political background before being elected and reelected as Georgia’s governor. (Question worth 5 points) Before becoming governor, Nathan Deal was a member of the House of Representatives as well as a Georgia State Senate. Deal’s original party was democratic but he later switched to Republicans. √
3. On the national level, President Obama won reelection in 2012. However, U.S. media report that the electoral the November 2014 midterm elections have provided the republican party with control of the U.S. Congress starting January 2015. You may want to reference a January 6, 2015 New York Times article titled “Boehner Beats Back Dissent to Reclaim House Speaker Post,” √
4. Define public policy. You may want to reference Chapter 13, Domestic Policy, on page 397 in your American Government textbook. (Question worth 2.5 points)
Public policy is defined as a law, rule, or statute that expresses the governments role, purpose or a goal backed up by a punishment or reward. For example of someone breaks the law their punishment could be jail time.’ √
5. The authors of our American Government textbook highlight that legislative power is one of President Obama’s expressed powers. For instance, the authors indicate on page 311 that “Article I, Section 7, and Article II, Section 3, give the president the power to participate authoritatively in the legislative process.” List four ways in which President Obama can participate in the lawmaking process. You may want to reference Chapter 10, The Presidency, on pages 315 - 317 in your American Government textbook. (Question worth 5 points) Approve the laws
6. As Chief Legislator, President Obama influenced the U.S. Congress to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. However, the constitutionality of this act has been challenged within the nation’s judicial system. Reference Chapter 13, Domestic Policy pages 413 – 416, in the course textbook and explain how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2012 regarding the individual mandate and Medicaid relative to the Affordable Care Act. (Question worth 5 points) The U.S supreme court ruling was a 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act. The ruling on Obama care had a few implications ranging from obama care being defined as a tax and not a mandate and a choice for states to opt-out of medical expansion. √
7. Based upon your responses to question 6, indicate whether or not if you think that the current U.S. Congress should or should not attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. (Question worth 2.5 points) The U.S congress should not appeal because it gives families the opportunity to afford medical insurance. √ point well taken.
8. Since public policies are typically designed to reduce and eliminate public problems, the Obama administration and U.S. media are promoting open enrollment periods under the Affordable Care Act. Reference “Affordable Care Act Enrollment FAQs – Who is Eligible to Sign up During Open Enrollment?,” at http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/11/upshot/obamacare-facts-affordable-care-actenrollment.html?abt=0002&abg=1 and state the current estimate of the number of folks who could directly benefit from the Affordable Care Act. (Question worth 2.5 points) The uninsured and people with individual health...
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