Final Project

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Author: Cynthia Toms Smedley
This pages contains information pertaining to the final project assigned to participants in the seminar.

No Health Care

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Instructions

You may choose one of the following options as a final requirement of the course. Draw from the readings (cite sources), classes and site visits in writing the paper. All essays should incorporate standard grammatical rules, and the ideas presented should develop from a clear and concise thesis. If you fail to meet the aforementioned requirements of the final paper (i.e. you choose to write a travel log of your week in DC), then you will be asked to rewrite the final paper. Your final essay should be 6-8 pages in length, double-spaced and emailed to the Seminar Director and seminar leaders as a word attachment by Tuesday March 31. Please contact the Seminar Director if you have any questions.

  1. Given the complexity of the healthcare issue in the United States, there remains various discourse surrounding the need for comprehensive national healthcare. In light of the economic, political, theological, and human issues explored in this course, and guided by the readings, lectures, site visits, and outside sources, outline a comprehensive national healthcare policy. Consider the following questions as you write your paper: What would be expected of the citizenry if healthcare became nationalized? What are the implications of the economic crisis on the people of American and the policy you are describing? What place would private philanthropy or charity have in your ideal system?
  2. Alternatively, many view nationalized healthcare as detrimental to the common good. In light of the economic, political, theological, and human issues explored in this course, and guided by the readings, lectures, site visits, and outside sources, outline a sustainable privatized healthcare plan (or draft healthcare policy that might protect employees from lacking basic healthcare and employers from being unable to afford healthcare plans). Consider the following questions as you write your paper: What would be expected of the citizenry if healthcare remained privatized and still many were unable to afford it? What are the implications of the economic crisis on the people of America and the policy you are describing? What place would private philanthropy or charity have in your ideal system?
  3. Relate themes of the social, economic, and political dimensions of healthcare to the multiple principles of Catholic Social Teaching. Feel free to accomplish these objectives within a framework of your choosing. This may be through the focus on one or more personal experiences from the trip, using your journal as a reference point, comparing a particular reading to the actual experience, or relating this to your major or career goals.
  4. Is healthcare a moral imperative for a civilized society? Set up a persuasion paper demonstrating your position on this issue. Consider addressing the following issues in your paper: Should healthcare be a human or political right (i.e. right to education) in America? Would such a right necessitate a healthcare litmus test to receive care? Why or why not? Is it fair to hold healthy Americans responsible for the health care costs of those who choose high-risk behavior (e.g. smoking)?

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