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Alex Brink
4/19 Discussion
Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:37pm
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I think Iíll have problems presenting the two sides evenly. For this project, I believe that most people, myself included, picked topics on which theyíre already somewhat informed and opinionated on. Picking one of these topics is logical because you already have information on both sides, however, it can also make the paper difficult because youíre forced to present the information evenly. Since Iím opinionated on my topic, I have much more faith in the information and facts on one side of health care reform than I do for the other. Iíll have to force myself to present the argument evenly.
Another thing I might have trouble with is presenting statistics and information on both sides. In my research so far, Iíve encountered a lot of statistics and financial figures on the side thatís against the Affordable Care Act. I havenít been able to find that many solid statistics for the other side. To supplement the argument for the Affordable Care Act, Iíll have to cite things like expert opinions, public opinions, and maybe even documents like the Universal Declaration of Rights. Although the information on both sides wonít be the same, itíll even out between heavy statistics on one side and heavy professional opinions on the other.
Since Iíve obviously started my research already, Iíve found out that the liberal side of the healthcare argument is based more on the ideas of universal human rights and the conservative side of the argument is based more on monetary figures and costs of implementing such a program. The two sides also end up debating constitutional issues like whether the individual mandate of the bill is even legal. There are good points on both sides, but like I said earlier, they cite completely different information to back up their claims. I havenít yet come across any OMG information, but if I do, Iíll let you know.
Mr. Bates answered all the questions I had about this assignment in the last class period. If Mr. Bates put his mind to it, I have faith that he could come up with a good 3 or more questions to supplement the existing questions in this online discussion. As a matter of fact, I think Mr. Bates should put a lot more questions in this online discussion. Especially since this is probably our last one. While heís at it, he should also probably increase the length requirements and grade for spelling and grammar.

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