Assigment #1 (In the First Document)
The United States’ health-related views and laws are shaped by social, political, and historical factors that are often part of the larger debate over individual rights versus the collective good.
Although this debate reaches beyond the focus of this week’s topic, discuss and weigh in on some of the following issues:
Should childhood immunizations be mandatory or optional?
Should the government regulate workplace safety, or does this type of regulation stall the growth of companies and the economy?
Should higher insurance rates or taxes be used to punish poor health choices (e.g., cigarettes, “junk” food)? Would this be unfair to individuals, or is this fair since all Americans pay a portion of the healthcare costs to care for these choices?
When, if ever, does national security trump state or individual rights? In major health pandemics? In cases of bioterrorism or biologic weapons?
Posts should be no less than 250 words
Assigment#2 (In the second document)
Each student is to respond to at least two other students in the class. Responses should be no less than 100 words in length. (Rubric) .You need to respond those two students assignments with 100 words or more per each
Student1:Definitely The United States’ health is shaped in a variance of culture, history, social and political factors. The population of the United States is very diverse and consists of Latinos, Americans and other types of population. Because of that the culture is diverse and expanded. Politics are another platform which is well expanded and influential in the way of life that the population of the country leads. The United States is a country in which free speech is basically a rule of life and it should be respected. In the case of the question “Should childhood immunizations be mandatory or optional?” each person have a different opinion. I personally do not think they should be mandatory, each parent knows and has their choice about their child and what vaccine they can have. Some vaccines may not have components a parents wants in their children or maybe that a children can be allergic to. In the case of the question “Should the government regulate workplace safety, or does this type of regulation stall the growth of companies and the economy?” I believe it should be half and half. The government should provide safety but also does the work place you are at. Safety is key to do a good job and to have a better quality of life. In the case of “Should higher insurance rates or taxes be used to punish poor health choices (e.g., cigarettes, “junk” food)? Would this be unfair to individuals, or is this fair since all Americans pay a portion of the healthcare costs to care for these choices?” higher insurances rate and taxes should not be used to punish anything, health by itself is going to be affected by poor health choices so why would increase rates would also be part of the problem. Increase rates only will affect a person’s economic status. When, if ever, does national security trump state or individual rights? In major health epidemics? In cases of bioterrorism and biological weapons? In the case of national security, according to my knowledge, where it prevails most is in the case of bioterrorism and biological weapons. Personally, in the case of health epidermics during the epidermic, or better called pandemic that we have had recently, I have not seen any change made by national security.
Student 2:The important link between public policy and public health is well understood. Countries with a wide public policy goal of promoting population health are more likely to focus on the socioeconomic determinants of health, such as income, education, job, housing, and health care services.
In my opinion I think that nothing should be mandatory as long as your decision does not affect another person. It has been seen for some years, diseases already eradicated as they have re-emerged due to the lack of awareness of many parents, who are choosing not to vaccinate their children. Some do not believe it is necessary and others think that it can develop autism. Forgetting that vaccination is one of the most successful public health strategies for saving lives and improving health around the world. Only pure water, which is regarded as a fundamental human right, outperforms the others.
On the other hand, I think that cigarettes, alcohol and junk food should be more expensive, since they do not bring anything good for health. On many occasions we find that the healthiest markets, the most healthy foods are always more expensive than junk food. Taxes that are well-designed can encourage people to choose healthier food and beverage choices, as well as businesses to produce and sell healthier products. They can improve their health by doing so. Even the best-designed taxes, however, are ill-targeted and impose a regressive tax burden. The metabolisms, behaviors, dietary knowledge, and personal situations of people differ greatly. In contrast to smoking, moderate use of sugar and other potentially harmful foods and components is associated with excellent health. Furthermore, politicians may not design taxes as well as they could.