POSC 100 Week 3 Notes
POSC 100 Week 3 Notes POSC 100-04
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Camryn Hohneker on Saturday September 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to POSC 100-04 at California State University Long Beach taught by Professor Larry George in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 144 views. For similar materials see Intro to American Government in Political Science at California State University Long Beach.
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Date Created: 09/10/16
(Week 3) The Western European Model of Democratic Capitalism: o “organized social capitalism” o Gvmt strictly regulates businesses in the public interest (compared to US who keeps gvmt out of the way) o Produce wealth using capitalism for more social purposes (not just individualistic like the US) I.e. Prohibition of gun sales in Western European countries Government regulates wages and working conditions: o Much higher minimum wage o Regular mandatory wage increase o Laying off workers prohibited Mandatory worker benefits: o Guaranteed vacation time o 4.5 day work week o Compensated maternity/paternity leave time o Compensated family leave time o Worker can’t fire you unless you are literally not doing your job or show up intoxicated etc. o All of this is Done with the public interest in mind, in knowledge that workers make up the majority of society, and wants families to stay together, and live a healthy and overall good life Americans: live to work EU: Work to live Comparing Health Care: o The debate over reforming the American health care system has been the biggest controversy in American politics during this decade o Comparing the US and European health care systems can help us understand why the American system is so controversial o US Model: Health care is viewed as a commodity for purchase Individuals pay for their own health care (individualistic view) Quality of care based on HMO or insurance Even with the Obama administration’s reforms (Obamacare), the basic structure remains very much the same Most expensive health care In the world (twice as much as EU) Wealthy pal can buy the best health care Most Americans can only afford adequate but mediocre health care from privately owned HMOs Long lines, unpredictable 30 million Americans have no guaranteed health care at all US private business-based health care system is rated the LEAST successful in the developed world Infant mortality, short life expectancy, obesity and severe stress problems all occur Goals of health care businesses Earn profits LOL How? increasing fees and premiums and decreasing actual medical care o US vs Great Britain US spends twice as much as England on healthcare Americans of all social levels are more unhealthy than in England “At every point in the social hierarchy there is more illness in the US than in England and the differences are dramatic” Bottom third of people in England are healthier than the top third of Americans (this will be on the exam) o Western European health care model Health care is viewed as a right-like voting Publicly funded (no pay) Available to all on a walk in basis Generally very good care Focus is on prevention Focus is on reducing stress What Professor George’s children are named: (will be on exam_ o Sofia and Silas
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