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HEALTH CARE

Background and Context

These resources will help students develop a thorough understanding of Health Care and make connections between historical events, current conversations, and current policy proposals surrounding the issue. This section includes all of the context and content previously included in Close Up’s public policy chapters.  

 

U.S. Health Care Policy in Historical Context

How has U.S. Health Care changed throughout history? Learn More >

U.S. Health Care Policy in Current Context

What is the current U.S. Health Care policy? Learn More >

Health Care: Deliberating Priorities

Available for Middle & High School

How, if at all, should the United States reform its health care system? Learn More >

Current Issue Debates

Current Issue Debates are framed by a central question and followed by historical context, an overview of both sides of the topic, and discussion questions to facilitate deliberation in the classroom.

 

Public Health Care

Available for Middle & High School

Should Congress create a public health care coverage option which all Americans are eligible? Learn More >

The COVID-19 Response Deliberation

How should the government respond to the COVID-19 pandemic? Learn More >

Medicare for All

Available for Middle & High School

Should the United States pursue a “Medicare for All” health care system? Learn More >

The Opioid Crisis Deliberation

Available for Middle & High School

How should the government combat the opioid crisis? Learn More >

Human Cloning

Available for Middle & High School

Should the federal government ban human cloning? Learn More >

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Available for Middle & High School

Should the federal government implement a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the workplace? Learn More >

Videos from Policymakers

Brought to you by ASP HOMEROOM, through a collaboration between Close Up Foundation and A Starting Point, these supplemental videos are an introduction to policy areas that provide an opportunity for students to hear different perspectives directly from lawmakers.

 

Universal Healthcare

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) & Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA)
April 23, 2021

The Opioid Crisis

Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) & Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH)
April 28, 2021

Paid Parental Leave

Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) & Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
March 19, 2021

Lesson Plans

These ready-to-use lesson plans can be utilized in conjunction with any of our resources to enhance the quality of student discourse in the classroom. Our supplemental Civic Readiness Guide provides a recommended lesson plan sequence for using our Current Issues resources.

 

Additional & Archived Resources on Health Care

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Unit 5: The Challenges of Power – Prosperity and Anxiety

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) | August 19, 2021

The 1950s were a time of prosperity and affluence unlike any ever seen in the United States.


Unit 5: The Challenges of Power – Rights and Revolutions

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

The years between 1950 and 1975 were tumultuous times for American society.


Vietnam War

Unit 5: The Challenges of Power – The Vietnam Years

Historical Perspective (ELA Unit) |

Since the late 1800s, France had controlled the area of Southeast Asia called Indochina—Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia—and had profited from the region’s rice and rubber plantations.


Unemployment

Extended Unemployment Benefits: Helping Workers or Holding the Economy Back?

Post | June 1, 2021

After April’s jobs report fell short of predictions and unemployment ticked up for the first time in the last year, some politicians and policymakers, particularly conservatives, called for an end to the generous unemployment insurance (UI) benefits that have been place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.1 Although federal pandemic-related UI benefits are set […]


Joe and Jill Biden at School

Reshaping the Economy

Post | May 18, 2021

President Joe Biden is currently promoting his plan to transform the U.S. economy.1 In a previous blog post, we explored one element of that plan: infrastructure. In this post, we will examine some details of the Biden administration’s American Families Plan. What is in the Plan? According to the White House, the American Families Plan […]


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Build It and They Will Come: The Biden Infrastructure Plan

Post | May 10, 2021

President Joe Biden is currently campaigning to promote his administration’s infrastructure plan. The plan is intended to address three main areas of concern: crumbling or inadequate infrastructure, job creation and economic growth, and environmental issues. In this post, we will focus on the infrastructure goals of the plan. What is Infrastructure? Infrastructure refers to the […]


Workers’ Rights & Teacher Unions

Videos | May 7, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Mia Charity discusses ‘Workers’ Rights & Teacher Unions’ with guest speakers Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. After a year of changing our normal working lives, many workers including teachers are still navigating difficult changes to their work lives. Join us for a session […]


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Record Numbers of Unaccompanied Minors Are Seeking Asylum in U.S.

Post | April 13, 2021

Last month, nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children were stopped at the U.S.-Mexican border, a record since documentation began in 2010, beating a previous record set in May of 2019.1 Currently, the Biden administration is allowing only children traveling alone to stay in the U.S. while their asylum claims are being evaluated, a process that can […]


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