Before this lecture, I understood the general format of research and did not find myself surprised when learning about all the different research methods in class; although, I did find a better understanding of the pros and cons of these research methods. My understanding of this research generally came from some of the classes I took in high school and also when taking psych 111 here. I think that even with this knowledge i found myself failing to see research as a whole, rather than only a couple methods. Also I think that the lecture helped me better understand the importance of looking at the ethics behind the research you are trying to implement. Initially when coming to the University of Michigan, I was accepted into UROP, but decided against going through with it. I do not think that in the career path that I wish to pursue that I will directly be doing research, but I believe that my career will be directly impacted by certain research and I will also be a consumer of research.
Coming into this semester unlike many if any of my fellow HSSPers, this was my second semester at the University of Michigan. I was one of few people to be here for a summer term before I was technically a freshman in a sense. The reason for me taking this summer term was in order for it being easier for me to matriculate into the University of Michigan and was one of the reasons I was able to get in. During my summer term and starting this semester, I knew that one of my problems was how antisocial I was and I touched on that in my letter to myself. I think that I definitely made strides for improvement in my social interaction since coming here. Although I did not have a huge social change from HSSP I really grew with the joining of the rugby team. In my letter to myself I talked about using all the resources available to me in order to assure my academic success. While I did use a lot of the resources available I think that I can still do better and my grade will benefit from this. Although this isnt connected with HSSP the thing I am most proud of this year is being able to join our rugby team and be one of the 3 out of 40 freshman to start at the division 1 level.
What I found to be most surprising for me in President Obama’s JAMA article was the drastic change in the % of individuals without health insurance after the ACA took effect. The percentage dropped from around 14% down to 9%, which is a considerable change. This was surprising for me because I never knew the actual percentage of Americans who still lived without health insurance.
Looking at this upcoming election we have two very different candidates and two very different sets of health care policies. Although I am not entirely politically educated, I have a general understanding of what each candidate has proposed for their health care system. What worries me the most out of both plans comes from Trumps plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. I think that his decision to repeal this is simply a decision made along party lines, and doesn’t necessarily weigh in the consequences of doing so. I do believe that there are many inherent flaws of the ACA, but I think that by repealing the ACA it would defeat many years of work. Considering our history with health care reform and all of the massive struggles we have had with it for decades, I find it unlikely that if the ACA were repealed, that a new reform would quickly follow.
Two improvements that I think would beneficial to the healthcare system would be lowering the cost of healthcare so that even the lowest earning families can afford it, and increasing the penalty in the individual mandate so that more Americans will have to have health insurance. In an ideal world, prices would need to be at a point where the difference in the penalties of not having insurance and the cost of having insurance are not so glaringly different that it makes paying the penalty seem ideal.