Week 10 Discussion 2
From the e-Activity, compare and contrast the issues discussed in two briefings you selected. Take a position on which oral briefing closely matches your preferred style of communicating policy. Provide reasons to support your response.
Before we get started, I do have a quick announcement that I want to echo that you may have heard a little bit about already. Today, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that the number of people who enrolled in federally run marketplaces in November was more than four times October’s enrollment — evidence of technical improvements that were made to healthcare.gov.
Today, we’re also highlighting the investments made by the Affordable Care Act to expand access to high-quality health care for millions of Americans by strengthening community health centers across the country. For more than 45 years, community health centers have delivered comprehensive, high-quality, preventative and primary health care to patients. Today, approximately 1,200 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 21 million patients across the country.
Health centers are also an integral source of local employment and economic growth in many communities. They employ more than 148,000 workers nationwide and added more than 35,000 jobs over the last four years. As community-based organizations, health centers are well positioned to play a vital role in providing health care to their communities as millions more Americans begin gaining health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
To help expand the capacity of health centers to provide health care, the Affordable Care Act includes approximately $11 billion for efforts to strengthen and grow our community health centers, including by establishing new sites, renovating existing health centers, and hiring more staff. This is one of the many ways the Affordable Care Act is expanding access to quality health care for people across the country.
MR. RHODES: Well, first of all, clearly this was a very personal and important moment for the President to be able to speak at the memorial service for one of his true heroes. He was working on the remarks throughout both legs of our flight over here, and I think you see that they reflect both the impact that he believes Nelson Mandela had on the world, but also the impact that Nelson Mandela had on him personally.
But the President also really wanted to underscore the point that our role is to draw from the example of Nelson Mandela, both in our own lives and in dealing with the issues of the day. And he was overwhelmed by the reception he got from the audience at the event, even in very difficult inclement weather, and enjoyed his time with the Mandela family and was able to speak to a number of foreign leaders.
The second briefing more closely matches my communication style policy because it is very straight forward, to the point and direct. They answer questions directly and get to the point quickly so there are no distractions in the briefing period.
Dunn, W. N. (2012). In Public Policy Analysis, (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.
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