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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The Inaugural COVID-19 Memorial

Post | February 2, 2021

The Lincoln Memorial is usually bustling with energy and activity on the eve of a presidential inauguration, when it takes center stage for concerts, crowds, and celebrations.1 This year was different. The Biden Inaugural Committee struck a deeply somber tone in the midst of the pandemic, holding what was the first national memorial service for […]


President Biden’s Policy Priorities: The First 100 Days

Post | January 22, 2021

During his inaugural address, President Joe Biden laid out a number of policy priorities. The clearest theme of his speech was a call for unity and the need to address political divisions in the United States, which came to a head with the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021.1 However, President Biden also […]


COVID-19 Vaccines, A Harsh Winter, and Economic Relief

Post | December 4, 2020

Public health officials are offering good long-term news about the prospects of making a COVID-19 vaccine widely available during the first half of next year,1 but they are also cautioning Americans that this winter could be very “rough.”2 In addition to having worries about illness, death, and social isolation, many people are also feeling significant […]


The Pandemic, Schools and The Economy

Summer Round-Up #1: The Pandemic, Schools, and The Economy

Post | August 26, 2020

The summer of 2020 has been unlike any other. Schools across the country did not finish the end of the academic year in person, and many will not be seeing students in person once again this fall. Major events have been canceled or moved online, and we are in the midst of a presidential election […]


Opening the Economy during COVID-19

Videos | June 11, 2020

During this seminar, available on-demand, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses ‘Opening the Economy during COVID-19′ with Michael Carney, Senior Vice President, Emerging Issues with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  Michael shares how the pandemic has impacted business and education and the logistical challenges communities face associated with the new regulations.   


Religious Liberty & COVID-19

Videos | June 4, 2020

During this seminar, available on-demand, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses ‘Religious Liberty & COVID-19′ with Benjamin P. Marcus, Religious Literacy Specialist with the Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute.  Benjamin talks about the First Amendment and the restrictions places on religious institutions during the pandemic. 


COVID 19 Open Sign

Enforcing Social Distancing & Wearing Masks

Post | May 27, 2020

In order to combat the spread of COVID-19, people are making many changes in their habits and routines. Two central recommendations of public health officials are that people remain socially distant1 by staying six or more feet from people and avoiding non-essential trips outside the home, and that people wear masks when in public.2 This […]


Virus Outbreak Race

Racial Equity and COVID-19

Post | May 12, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is stressing our health care system, our economy, and parents trying to teach their children at home. It is also highlighting significant racial disparities in access to quality health care. According to an April survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, Black and Hispanic people are more likely than white people […]


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