TECON 316 Current Issues in US Public Policy

Assignment:  Policy Paper 3

 

 HEALTH CARE:  

 The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to a noticeable reduction in the percentage of Americans without health insurance, while those percentages have once again grown as the Trump Administration has weakened many ACA provisions.  Address the question:  Was the ACA on the right track as a way to achieve universal health insurance in the US?  (Your answer to this question could be in the form of yes, no there is a better way, or some version of  these two.  You could also answer it by arguing that universal health insurance should not be a policy objective we pursue or prioritize.) 

 

  Your primary sources should be course material.  If you need to supplement, that is fine, but please don’t replace course readings with other readings.  Your Works Cited (or Reference) page should only include work cited in your paper. 

 

 

Suggested Format

  1. Introduction/Background: Provide some framing for what topic you are addressing and why. If your audience needs some background, provide it.  Include one sentence summarizing what you argue.  1-2 para.
  2. Description of different opinions on the topic. Why is the topic controversial, and what are some different opinions about the topic?  Note this part should be fairly factual.  2-3 paragraphs
  3. Your analysis: Explain your opinion, and back it up with your reasoning, evidence, and support.  Be sure to include responses to people who disagree with you (2-3 pages). 
  4. Conclusion. One paragraph.

     

     

    Grading Rubric

    TECON 316 Policy Paper

    Excellent

    Good

    Needs Work

    Points

    Intro and

    Description

    Strong use of course information and concepts.   Excellent presentation of key differences.

    Shows good comprehension of course materials, and identifies key differences.

    Might show misunderstanding of course material, or misunderstanding of topic.  Differences may need developing.

    3

    Analysis

    Well articulated and reasoned.

    Good ability to examine differences.

    Reasoning could use some work.  Not easy to follow or understand.

    5

    Sources

    Appropriate use of sources, with correct citation.

    Good use of sources, may have a few problems with citation.

    Sources not well documented, or not clearly related to the class.  Citation may be missing.

    1

    Language

    Writing is concise, precise and carefully constructed.  Writing also shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.

    Word choice and sentence syntax are appropriate, meaning is clear, has few grammatical and punctuation errors.

    Meaning isn’t always clear, writing has numerous grammatical problems, and/or needs proofreading.

    3

    Rubric

    Policy paper RubricPolicy paper RubricCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLanguageFull points: Concise, precise writing that is carefully constructed. Shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.3.0 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntro and DescriptionFull points: strong use of course information and concepts. Good introduction and presentation of key differences.3.0 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis/EvaluationWell articulated and reasoned examination of issue, backed by evidence and other forms of support.5.0 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSourcesFull points: Appropriate use of sources with correct citation.1.0 pts

    TECON 316 Current Issues in US Public Policy

    Assignment:  Policy Paper 3

     

     HEALTH CARE:  

     The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to a noticeable reduction in the percentage of Americans without health insurance, while those percentages have once again grown as the Trump Administration has weakened many ACA provisions.  Address the question:  Was the ACA on the right track as a way to achieve universal health insurance in the US?  (Your answer to this question could be in the form of yes, no there is a better way, or some version of  these two.  You could also answer it by arguing that universal health insurance should not be a policy objective we pursue or prioritize.) 

     

      Your primary sources should be course material.  If you need to supplement, that is fine, but please don’t replace course readings with other readings.  Your Works Cited (or Reference) page should only include work cited in your paper. 

     

     

    Suggested Format

    1. Introduction/Background: Provide some framing for what topic you are addressing and why. If your audience needs some background, provide it.  Include one sentence summarizing what you argue.  1-2 para.
    2. Description of different opinions on the topic. Why is the topic controversial, and what are some different opinions about the topic?  Note this part should be fairly factual.  2-3 paragraphs
    3. Your analysis: Explain your opinion, and back it up with your reasoning, evidence, and support.  Be sure to include responses to people who disagree with you (2-3 pages). 
    4. Conclusion. One paragraph.

       

       

      Grading Rubric

      TECON 316 Policy Paper

      Excellent

      Good

      Needs Work

      Points

      Intro and

      Description

      Strong use of course information and concepts.   Excellent presentation of key differences.

      Shows good comprehension of course materials, and identifies key differences.

      Might show misunderstanding of course material, or misunderstanding of topic.  Differences may need developing.

      3

      Analysis

      Well articulated and reasoned.

      Good ability to examine differences.

      Reasoning could use some work.  Not easy to follow or understand.

      5

      Sources

      Appropriate use of sources, with correct citation.

      Good use of sources, may have a few problems with citation.

      Sources not well documented, or not clearly related to the class.  Citation may be missing.

      1

      Language

      Writing is concise, precise and carefully constructed.  Writing also shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.

      Word choice and sentence syntax are appropriate, meaning is clear, has few grammatical and punctuation errors.

      Meaning isn’t always clear, writing has numerous grammatical problems, and/or needs proofreading.

      3

      Rubric

      Policy paper RubricPolicy paper RubricCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLanguageFull points: Concise, precise writing that is carefully constructed. Shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.3.0 pts
      This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntro and DescriptionFull points: strong use of course information and concepts. Good introduction and presentation of key differences.3.0 pts
      This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis/EvaluationWell articulated and reasoned examination of issue, backed by evidence and other forms of support.5.0 pts
      This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSourcesFull points: Appropriate use of sources with correct citation.1.0 pts

      TECON 316 Current Issues in US Public Policy

      Assignment:  Policy Paper 3

       

       HEALTH CARE:  

       The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to a noticeable reduction in the percentage of Americans without health insurance, while those percentages have once again grown as the Trump Administration has weakened many ACA provisions.  Address the question:  Was the ACA on the right track as a way to achieve universal health insurance in the US?  (Your answer to this question could be in the form of yes, no there is a better way, or some version of  these two.  You could also answer it by arguing that universal health insurance should not be a policy objective we pursue or prioritize.) 

       

        Your primary sources should be course material.  If you need to supplement, that is fine, but please don’t replace course readings with other readings.  Your Works Cited (or Reference) page should only include work cited in your paper. 

       

       

      Suggested Format

      1. Introduction/Background: Provide some framing for what topic you are addressing and why. If your audience needs some background, provide it.  Include one sentence summarizing what you argue.  1-2 para.
      2. Description of different opinions on the topic. Why is the topic controversial, and what are some different opinions about the topic?  Note this part should be fairly factual.  2-3 paragraphs
      3. Your analysis: Explain your opinion, and back it up with your reasoning, evidence, and support.  Be sure to include responses to people who disagree with you (2-3 pages). 
      4. Conclusion. One paragraph.

         

         

        Grading Rubric

        TECON 316 Policy Paper

        Excellent

        Good

        Needs Work

        Points

        Intro and

        Description

        Strong use of course information and concepts.   Excellent presentation of key differences.

        Shows good comprehension of course materials, and identifies key differences.

        Might show misunderstanding of course material, or misunderstanding of topic.  Differences may need developing.

        3

        Analysis

        Well articulated and reasoned.

        Good ability to examine differences.

        Reasoning could use some work.  Not easy to follow or understand.

        5

        Sources

        Appropriate use of sources, with correct citation.

        Good use of sources, may have a few problems with citation.

        Sources not well documented, or not clearly related to the class.  Citation may be missing.

        1

        Language

        Writing is concise, precise and carefully constructed.  Writing also shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.

        Word choice and sentence syntax are appropriate, meaning is clear, has few grammatical and punctuation errors.

        Meaning isn’t always clear, writing has numerous grammatical problems, and/or needs proofreading.

        3

        Rubric

        Policy paper RubricPolicy paper RubricCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLanguageFull points: Concise, precise writing that is carefully constructed. Shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.3.0 pts
        This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntro and DescriptionFull points: strong use of course information and concepts. Good introduction and presentation of key differences.3.0 pts
        This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis/EvaluationWell articulated and reasoned examination of issue, backed by evidence and other forms of support.5.0 pts
        This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSourcesFull points: Appropriate use of sources with correct citation.1.0 pts

        TECON 316 Current Issues in US Public Policy TECON 316 Current Issues in US Public Policy

        Assignment:  Policy Paper 3 Assignment:  Policy Paper 3

           

         HEALTH CARE:    HEALTH CARE:  

         The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to a noticeable reduction in the percentage of Americans without health insurance, while those percentages have once again grown as the Trump Administration has weakened many ACA provisions.  Address the question:  Was the ACA on the right track as a way to achieve universal health insurance in the US?  (Your answer to this question could be in the form of yes, no there is a better way, or some version of  these two.  You could also answer it by arguing that universal health insurance should not be a policy objective we pursue or prioritize.)   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to a noticeable reduction in the percentage of Americans without health insurance, while those percentages have once again grown as the Trump Administration has weakened many ACA provisions.  Address the question:  Was the ACA on the right track as a way to achieve universal health insurance in the US?  (Your answer to this question could be in the form of yes, no there is a better way, or some version of  these two.  You could also answer it by arguing that universal health insurance should not be a policy objective we pursue or prioritize.) 

           

          Your primary sources should be course material.  If you need to supplement, that is fine, but please don’t replace course readings with other readings.  Your Works Cited (or Reference) page should only include work cited in your paper.    Your primary sources should be course material.  If you need to supplement, that is fine, but please don’t replace course readings with other readings.  Your Works Cited (or Reference) page should only include work cited in your paper.  Your primary sources should be course material.  I

           

           

        Suggested Format Suggested Format Suggested Format

        1. Introduction/Background: Provide some framing for what topic you are addressing and why. If your audience needs some background, provide it.  Include one sentence summarizing what you argue.  1-2 para.
        2. Description of different opinions on the topic. Why is the topic controversial, and what are some different opinions about the topic?  Note this part should be fairly factual.  2-3 paragraphs
        3. Your analysis: Explain your opinion, and back it up with your reasoning, evidence, and support.  Be sure to include responses to people who disagree with you (2-3 pages). 
        4. Conclusion. One paragraph.
        5. Introduction/Background: Provide some framing for what topic you are addressing and why. If your audience needs some background, provide it.  Include one sentence summarizing what you argue.  1-2 para. Introduction/Background: Provide some framing for what topic you are addressing and why. If your audience needs some background, provide it.  Include one sentence summarizing what you argue.  1-2 para.
        6. Description of different opinions on the topic. Why is the topic controversial, and what are some different opinions about the topic?  Note this part should be fairly factual.  2-3 paragraphs Description of different opinions on the topic. Why is the topic controversial, and what are some different opinions about the topic?  Note this part should be fairly factual.  2-3 paragraphs
        7. Your analysis: Explain your opinion, and back it up with your reasoning, evidence, and support.  Be sure to include responses to people who disagree with you (2-3 pages).  Your analysis: Explain your opinion, and back it up with your reasoning, evidence, and support.  Be sure to include responses to people who disagree with you (2-3 pages). 
        8. Conclusion. One paragraph. Conclusion. One paragraph.

             

             

          Grading Rubric Grading Rubric

          TECON 316 Policy Paper TECON 316 Policy Paper

          Excellent Excellent

          Good Good

          Needs Work Needs Work

          Points Points

          Intro and Intro and

          Description Description

          Strong use of course information and concepts.   Excellent presentation of key differences. Strong use of course information and concepts.   Excellent presentation of key differences.

          Shows good comprehension of course materials, and identifies key differences. Shows good comprehension of course materials, and identifies key differences.

          Might show misunderstanding of course material, or misunderstanding of topic.  Differences may need developing. Might show misunderstanding of course material, or misunderstanding of topic.  Differences may need developing.

          3 3

          Analysis Analysis

          Well articulated and reasoned. Well articulated and reasoned.

          Good ability to examine differences. Good ability to examine differences.

          Reasoning could use some work.  Not easy to follow or understand. Reasoning could use some work.  Not easy to follow or understand.

          5 5

          Sources Sources

          Appropriate use of sources, with correct citation. Appropriate use of sources, with correct citation.

          Good use of sources, may have a few problems with citation. Good use of sources, may have a few problems with citation.

          Sources not well documented, or not clearly related to the class.  Citation may be missing. Sources not well documented, or not clearly related to the class.  Citation may be missing.

          1 1

          Language Language

          Writing is concise, precise and carefully constructed.  Writing also shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free. Writing is concise, precise and carefully constructed.  Writing also shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.

          Word choice and sentence syntax are appropriate, meaning is clear, has few grammatical and punctuation errors. Word choice and sentence syntax are appropriate, meaning is clear, has few grammatical and punctuation errors.

          Meaning isn’t always clear, writing has numerous grammatical problems, and/or needs proofreading. Meaning isn’t always clear, writing has numerous grammatical problems, and/or needs proofreading.

          3 3

          Rubric Rubric

          Policy paper RubricPolicy paper RubricCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLanguageFull points: Concise, precise writing that is carefully constructed. Shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.3.0 pts
          This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntro and DescriptionFull points: strong use of course information and concepts. Good introduction and presentation of key differences.3.0 pts
          This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis/EvaluationWell articulated and reasoned examination of issue, backed by evidence and other forms of support.5.0 pts
          This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSourcesFull points: Appropriate use of sources with correct citation.1.0 pts

          Policy paper RubricPolicy paper RubricCriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLanguageFull points: Concise, precise writing that is carefully constructed. Shows careful proofreading and is virtually error free.3.0 pts
          This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeIntro and DescriptionFull points: strong use of course information and concepts. Good introduction and presentation of key differences.3.0 pts
          This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAnalysis/EvaluationWell articulated and reasoned examination of issue, backed by evidence and other forms of support.5.0 pts
          This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSourcesFull points: Appropriate use of sources with correct citation.1.0 pts


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