Health policy is a powerful tool for improving the health care system. To effectively advocate for health policy improvements, it is important to be strategic with our arguments.
For any given policy, supporters of the proposal will have a list of reasons why the policy is a good idea, and opponents of the proposal will have a list of reasons why the policy is a bad idea. To win people over to our side, we need to be able to provide a rationale that supports our position and argument that counters our opponent’s position.
For example, when I worked in Kentucky, my organization advocated for a state-wide smoke free law to ban smoking in indoor public spaces like restaurants and bars (we already have a law like this in Michigan. Supporters of the law said that it would protect the rights of restaurant and bar workers who are otherwise exposed to dangerous amounts of secondhand smoke. Opponents of the law said that it should be up to the business owner whether or not to allow smoking on their property. We couldn’t counter that argument if we didn’t know what our opponents were saying.
So for this assignment, I want you to set aside your personal views so that you can present both sides of a given argument.
(1) Find a news article describing a federal, state, or local policy that relates to health and share a link to the article here. If your topic has already been taken by a classmate, find a different policy to share. We can define health policy very broadly for the purposes of this assignment (10 points)
(2) Post one or more factual arguments in favor of the proposed policy (15 points)
(3) Post one or more factual arguments against the proposed policy (15 points)
(4) Discuss. Review the articles and arguments posted by your classmates. Add an additional, credible pro or con argument to two different posts ( in attached file) (5 points each)