Thinking and Discourse Prompts

Thinking and Discourse Prompt One

Building on what you’ve started to understand about the current health care law (the ACA), consider the ways we talk about health care – and the ways we ask opinion poll questions. Here’s a perfect example:

The two questions below are from a poll conducted by The Economist/YouGov partnership. (Learn more about this comprehensive political polling effort to understand what Americans are thinking here.) 

Take a look at the questions below, and briefly discuss the differences you see between them. Which question is clearer, and helps a consumer to answer correctly based on what they really believe?

What do these questions (and the polling results for each) show you about the importance of language in consumer health?

Ok, here are the questions:
Q1: Do you favor or oppose expanding Medicare to provide health insurance to every American?

  • 60% Favor strongly or favor somewhat
  • 23% Oppose strongly or oppose somewhat

See the question in its report here

Q2:. Do you favor or oppose creating a single-payer health care system, in which all Americans would get their health insurance from one government plan that is financed by taxes?

  • 44% Favor strongly or favor somewhat
  • 31% Oppose strongly or oppose somewhat

See the question in its report here

Thinking and Discourse Prompt Two

If you haven’t yet done so, read the piece I wrote on Social Justice vs. Market Justice, here. What does this piece help you understand about language and ideas, and how might you use this understanding to help encourage better consumer decisions in a health area of concern to you? Be sure that your post demonstrates that you have indeed read the piece!

Thinking and Discourse Prompt Three: Pick a slide set, any slide set….

If you’ve only been making use of web resources in the content pages, you’ll want to start considering the slide sets as well. Not only will they build your “official” lecture-related consumer health context and understanding, but they may also bring to your attention words and concepts you think others should know – but that they probably don’t. (Hint hint: Glossary Building, anyone?)

Once you’ve chosen a set of slides, post a response to the following:

Discuss three concepts, details, or examples that to you represent the most important content from this slide set. How do they connect for you with something you’ve read or viewed elsewhere as part of this class? How do they connect to your life as a consumer (IF they do)? If not, how and why are they still important? How might you share this info with someone else?