Federal health care policy The U.S. government’s expansive role in public policy is caught in a swirl of conflicting cross-currents. On the one hand, popular expectations about government’s responsibility to solve problems often exceed the capacity of state and local authorities to respond effectively. On the other hand, policies developed at the national level may not sufficiently reflect the great diversity of interests across the U.S. to be effective at the local level. Moreover, the search for effective policy is further complicated by theoretical debates about the constitutional framework of federalism, e.g., what limits on national power can be derived from the 10th Amendment? Research and write an essay on a specific policy in the area that you select. (Note: The word œpolicy is used interchangeably with the word œprogram.) Your essay must: Clearly identify and focus on a specific federal policy or program (the policy must raises issues of œfederalism because it requires national, state and local interaction and invites tension across different levels of government). Summarize the elements of the policy, including the problem it is supposed to solve or improve. Briefly summarize the history of the policy. Explain how the policy raises issues of œfederalism Analyze the main pros and cons in debates about the policy. Evaluate the pros and cons from two perspectives: The policy’s effectiveness. (Justify your assessment by clearly explaining your definition of œeffectiveness and how it should be measured or determined.) The policy’s consistency with the constitutional framework of federalism. (Justify your assessment by clearly explaining your interpretation of American federalism’s constitutional framework and why the federal policy is or is not consistent with it.) Follow these requirements when writing the Short Essay: The body of the essay (excluding the title page and reference page) must be at least 600 words long. The essay must start with a short introductory paragraph which includes a clear thesis statement. The thesis statement must tell readers what the essay will demonstrate. The essay must end with a short paragraph which includes a conclusion. The conclusion and thesis must be consistent. The essay must logically develop the thesis in a way that leads to the conclusion, and that development must be supported by facts, fully explained concepts or assertions, and persuasive reasoning. The essay must address all subtopics outlined above. At least 20% of the essay must focus on subtopic 6, above (your evaluation of the various pros and cons about the policy).
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