At one point or another, we have all gone to see a doctor. Whether we go for a routine annual checkup or a more serious condition, someone has to pay for the time and expertise of the doctor(s), equipment used, and tests done. And with the rising cost of health care in our country, Americans are concerned about how they will be able to receive and pay for these services. This is where healthcare insurance comes in, and it is a topic of great interest to voters in this election.
This is an area in which the presidential candidates, Obama and Romney, have very different views.
You may find that understanding the details of the candidates’ plans is challenging, as there are a lot of ideas and terms involved with which you may not all be familiar. Here is a list of vocabulary terms that might be helpful to know as you read the Time for Kids article below entitled, “Election 2012: Health Care.”
Health Care Terms:
A person who purchases goods and services for personal use
an amount or thing supplied or provided
A federal system of health insurance for people over 65 years of age and for certain younger people with disabilities
A medical condition existing at a time when new insurance is applied for, for which treatment is not covered by the insurance
to formally withdraw, or to take something back (such as a law)
the act of voluntarily giving up rights or privileges, usually through a written statement
Make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it
As you read and reflect on this important issue, please respond by following the Blogpost Guidelines we have discussed. What grabs your attention? Why? What questions do you still have about this issue.
*Remember, we do not want you to tell us whom you are voting for. We are trying to become more educated about our presidential candidates and where they stand on different issues. Although you may have knowledge about this issue, please focus your comments on what you learned from this article.
Only 24 more days to the election! The countdown is on!!