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It may seem to you that healthcare has been a national topic of debate among political leaders for as long as you can
Healthcare has been a policy item and a topic of debate not only in recent times but as far back as the administration
of the second U.S. president, John Adams. In 1798, Adams signed legislation requiring that 20 cents per month of a
sailor’s paycheck be set aside for covering their medical bills. This represented the first major piece of U.S. healthcare
legislation, and the topic of healthcare has been woven into presidential agendas and political debate ever since.
As a healthcare professional, you may be called upon to provide expertise, guidance and/or opinions on healthcare
matters as they are debated for inclusion into new policy. You may also be involved in planning new organizational
policy and responses to changes in legislation. For all of these reasons you should be prepared to speak to national
healthcare issues making the news.
In this Assignment, you will analyze recent presidential healthcare agendas. You also will prepare a fact sheet to
communicate the importance of a healthcare issue and the impact on this issue of recent or proposed policy.
To Prepare:
Review the agenda priorities of the current/sitting U.S. president and at least one previous presidential
Select an issue related to healthcare that was addressed by two U.S. presidential administrations (current and
Consider how you would communicate the importance of a healthcare issue to a legislator/policymaker or a
member of their staff for inclusion on an agenda.
Use your Week 1 Discussion post to help with this assignment.
The Assignment: (1- to 2-page Comparison Grid, 1-Page Analysis, and 1-page narrative) with a title page. This
is an APA paper. Use 2-3 course resources and at least 2 outside resources.
Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid
Use the Agenda Comparison Grid Template found in the Learning Resources and complete the Part 1: Agenda
Comparison Grid based on the current/sitting U.S. president and the previous president, and their agendas related to
the population health concern you selected. Be sure to address the following:
Identify and provide a brief description of the population health concern you selected.
Explain how each of the presidential administrations approached the issue.
Identify the allocation of resources that the presidents dedicated to this issue

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