Health Care Reform

Case Assignment


For this final case assignment, your task is to write an essay in which you address a current national health care coverage component:


President Obama and signed into law a National Health Care Coverage system to provide all Americans with access to health care and affordable health care coverage. There are many debates going on in the media regarding the components of this law with regard to the elderly, women, minority groups, employers, employees, etc.


1.      Suppose that you are a health care policy analyst. Identify and describe a component of the new law with regard to it’s impact on one group (several examples are provided above).


2.      Then, describe and analyze at least one advantage and one disadvantage to this health care coverage component.


Assignment Expectations


You will be expected to provide a scholarly basis for your response. Your opinions should be justified with evidence from the literature. References should be cited properly in the text of your essay, as well as at the end. Several scholarly references should be cited for this assignment. Please limit your response to 2–3 pages.


  1. Limit your responses to a 2-3 pages. Times new roman font 12 pt.  DS. Please use sub headings.

  2. Please support your discussions with scholarly support (3-5 references). Be sure to properly cite all references in text citations and reference page

    Apply critical thinking skills to the assignment component

    Module 5 – Background


Health Care Reform


Reading the following materials will allow you to identify the issues associated with health care reform. You should have a comfortable understanding of the material before you proceed to further research and the case assignment.


Required Readings


Mezel, P. (2008, Jan/Feb.). A path to universal access. The Hastings Center Report, 38(1), 34-37.


Mirmirani, S. (2010, Jan.). Obama Health Care Reform Proposal From An International Perspective. Journal of Business & Economics Research, 8(1), 15-24.


Volpp, K.G. (2007, Dec.). Designing a model health care system. American Journal of Public Health. 97(12), 2126-2128.


Additional Readings (Optional)


Anon. (2008). Figuring out what works for US health care. The Lancet, 371(9610), 359.


DeGrazia, D. (2008, Jan.Feb.). Single payer meets managed competition: The case for public funding and private delivery. The Hastings Center Report, 38(1), 23-34.


O’Rourke, T., & Iammarino, N. (2006, Jan./Feb). The American Mirage of Equality-Is Social Justice Myth or Reality? American Journal of Health Education, 37(1), 58-63.


Schmidt, H., Voigt, K., & Wikler, D. (2010, Jan. 14). Carrots, Sticks, and Health Care Reform — Problems with Wellness Incentives, The New England Journal of Medicine. 362(2), e3.


Smedley, B. (2008, Mar/Apr.). Moving beyond access: Achieving equity in state health care reform. Health Affairs. 27(2), 447-455.


ABC News (2010). Obama Address: Health Care Reform (video). Retrieved from


Alliance for Health Reform. (2008). Retrieved from .


Balanced (2010). Should the Government Provide Free Universal Health Care for All Americans? Retrieved from


National Public Radio (2008). Health Care Reform. Retrieved from .

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