HGov: Sick Around America – Day 2



FRONTLINE travels the country examining the nation’s broken health care system and explores the need for a fundamental overhaul. Veteran FRONTLINE producer Jon Palfreman dissects the private insurance system, a system that not only fails to cover 46 million Americans but also leaves millions more underinsured and at risk of bankruptcy.

Chapter 3: More Pitfalls 
Unlike many large employers’ coverage, consumer-bought plans can be inadequate, unaffordable. Even worse, a policy suddenly can be rescinded.

Chapter 4: How to Get a Fairer System
How to Get a Fairer System? A start: Require everyone buy health insurance. But given the patchwork of private/public plans, some people completely fall through the cracks.

Chapter 5: Change is Coming
The insurance  industry is talking change, Massachusetts’ new program offers lessons, and Obama seeks universal coverage with reduced medical costs.

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Econ: Banana Market – Day 2


Learning Target: Explain how consumer demand and market price directly impact one another.


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The class will conduct rounds 4 & 5. In these rounds, government will implement price controls on the banana market. Students will continue playing their roles of buyers and sellers in a banana market. A sale is made when one buyer and one seller agree on a price with which they are both satisfied and are within the limits of the government’s price control. Sales must be in whole-dollar increments. After a sale is made, the students will record the price under “Actual Sale Price” on their score sheet. They will report the sale price to the Price Recorder and exchange their Buy or Sell Card for another card of the same type.

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HGov: Sick Around America – Day 1


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More than 2.5 million Americans lost their jobs last year, and along with their livelihood, their health insurance. As the economy continues to spiral, the new administration promises to deliver comprehensive health care reform. Sick Around America lays bare the flaws in our system and examines the critical choices Americans face in changing a system that all sides agree needs a fundamental overhaul.

Chapter 1: We Were Incredibly Lucky Mark Murray’s family medical crisis was fully covered by the health plan provided by employer Microsoft. Millions of others aren’t so fortunate.
 
Chapter 2: Stories of a Broken System Medical bills bankrupt some. Others lose health coverage just when they need it most. And some people must seek jobs just for the health benefits.
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Econ: Banana Market – Day 1


Learning Target: Explain how consumer demand and market price directly impact one another.


bananas
Students will be playing the role of buyers and sellers in a banana market. Buyers and sellers will meet in the marketplace to buy and sell bananas. A sale is made when one buyer and one seller agree on a price with which they are both satisfied. Sales must be in whole-dollar increments. After a sale is made, the students will record the price under “Actual Sale Price” on their score sheet. They will report the sale price to the Price Recorder and exchange their Buy or Sell Card for another card of the same type.

After each round of buying and selling, students will return their Buy or Sell card to the teacher. Do not record any sales that were not reported to the teacher and the Price Recorder. Students will calculate their gains or losses for each sale and for the round on their score sheet. If they did not buy or sell during the round, record 0 as their total for the round. Review the price tally sheet and the distribution of prices for the round. Students should then plan their strategies for the next round.

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Econ: Supply Demand and Equilibrium Review


Learning Target: Explain how supply and demand represent economic activity.



Review: Together supply and demand explain how prices are determined and how markets function. The price at which the quantity demanded equals the quantity supplied is the equilibrium price.

A market moves to a new equilibrium when there is a shift in either supply (STORES) or demand (TOESIS) which changes the equilibrium price and quantity.
Demand increases = price increases and quantity increases
Demand decreases = price decreases and quantity decreases
Supply increases = price decreases and quantity increases
Supply decreases = price increases and quantity decreases

Price floors and ceilings and how they affect the supply and demand graphs. Price floors and price ceilings are price controls, examples of government intervention in the free market which changes the market equilibrium. They each have reasons for using them, but there are large efficiency losses with both of them.

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HGov: Executive Bureaucracy Review



The responsibilities of the modern presidency far exceed any president’s personal capacities. To meet their obligations, presidents have surrounded themselves with large staffs of advisers, policy experts, and managers. These staff members enable the president to extend control over the executive branch while at the same time providing the information necessary for policymaking.

The bureaucracy is an inevitable consequence of complexity and scale. Modern government could not function without a large bureaucracy. Through authority, specialization, and rules, the bureaucracy provides a means of managing thousands of tasks and employees.

Bureaucrats naturally take an “agency point of view,” seeking to promote their agency’s programs and power. They do this through their expert knowledge, support from clientele groups, and backing by Congress or the president.

Although agencies are subject to oversight by the president, Congress, and the judiciary, bureaucrats exercise considerable power in their own right.