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August 14, 2015
Health Care Essay
What a big issue in the U.S. In fact, it is such a large issue, that it is covered and discussed in political science, economics, sociology, history, nursing, pre-med, business courses, and more. And with such wide coverage in coursework, it is highly likely that you will be preparing a health care essay or paper in more than one course. And as these assignments are given, there will be specific essay types you will use to fulfill the requirements. Let’s take a brief look at the essay types that lend themselves to essay or papers on health care and the topics that best fit into those types.
The Expository Essay
This essay type is largely explanatory or descriptive. If you were to write a health care essay of this type, you would choose perhaps one of the following topics:
- What are the major provisions of the 2010 health care law passed by the U.S. Congress?
- What health care policy issues continue to be prevalent in the discussion of health care?
- What are the figures on the number of people now covered by the ACA and the projections for consumer cost increases over the next 5 years?
- What is the “individual mandate” and what are the penalties for non-compliance
- What Supreme Court decisions have been made relative to the ACA?
Notice that these essays are factual and more objective in nature. They do not involve an opinion or a comparison/contrast with other health care in other countries.
The Compare/Contrast Essay
This might be the type of essay assigned in a political science, contemporary history, or sociology course, and typical topics might be as follows:
- How does health care in the United States compare with that of other developed nations?
- What are the figures for coverage in those states that took the Medicaid expansion vs. those that did not?
- How do the increases in health insurance coverage in 2015 compare with the percentage increases before implementation of the ACA?
The Persuasive Essay
There are a wide variety of opinions about health care rights in general and the ACA in particular, and these lead to essay topics that require the writer to state an opinion and to back up that opinion with facts and information that might persuade a reader to accept a particular viewpoint. These will show up in history, political science, nursing, pre-med, economics, sociology, and business courses, and topics might include:
- A health care policy essay that persuades the federal government to expand health care coverage to more citizens, to encourage repeal of the law, or anything in between.
- A health care reform essay which insists that government intervention is required to prevent individuals from being overcharged for everything from an aspirin to chemotherapy drugs.
- An essay that presents government intervention into a largely private industry as a step down the “slippery slope” to socialism
Students often ask what is the difference between persuasive and argumentative essay types. Here is the answer. While persuasive essay present an opinion that is then backed up with facts and data, the argumentative essay must present an opinion and, as well, the opposing opinion, in the hopes that the opposing opinion can be “debunked.” Topics might relate to the following:
- The benefits of universal health care essay that insists the U.S. must move toward this practice and get in step with all other developed nations of the world.
- The threat to capitalism brought about by the ACA
- A health care reform essay that promotes additional expansion of health care so that more citizens are covered.
No matter what type of essay you may be asked to write, there is just a huge amount of information and factual data available. Use it, so that your essay has credibility and validity.