What is the best way to improve healthcare in the US?
Health Policy – Health Policy Proposal Paper
This week you will write a short policy paper. The paper should be about three to five pages, not counting any title page, abstract, or your references. You may choose to provide “a fix” for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or Obamacare), or you may propose a general replacement for the ACA.
You should likely focus on one or two broad policies (due to the short length of the paper). You may look at what others have proposed and incorporate their thoughts into your writing with appropriate attribution and citation.
Do not paraphrase or quote any other work (including your own from other classes) without appropriate attribution. Your paper will be submitted to SafeAssign — a plagiarism checker. Plagiarism is grounds for failing this assignment and, depending on the severity, of failing the course. If you paraphrase or quote any other work — from the internet, from another paper, from any other source, you must properly provide quotation marks (if a quote) and citations to the source that I can find. Use APA style for your citations.
You should have at least four sections:
- An Introduction – explaining what you are proposing in general terms which should include identifying the problem you are attempting to address with your fix or replacement.
- Your Proposal – this is the details of your proposal – although in 3 to 5 pages, you likely can’t be as detailed as you would like to be.
- Difficulties you see in getting your proposal through the policymaking process as we have discussed it in this class and as it is outlined in the textbook.
- A Conclusion – don’t just leave me hanging. Tie everything together here and tell me again why you feel your proposal is worthwhile and what the difficulties might be.
I will grade your paper based on the following criteria:
10/10 points – Follow Instructions regarding focus, length, and sections.
10/10 points – Provided adequate and appropriate outside authority to support your proposal. Supported assertions, facts, and numbers with authority to outside sources. Correctly cited the sources within the paper and in a references list according to APA formatting.
10/10 points – Clean writing. No grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors. Sentences are constructed well and aren’t awkward or confusing. Transitions are apparent between paragraphs and sections. Easy for the reader to follow your thoughts.
10/10 points – Quality of thought and communication at the level expected of a Master’s degree candidate. Are there original thoughts along with what you’ve gleaned from others? If the thoughts aren’t original, do you make connections and communicate them in a way that shows you understand the issues and the policymaking process.