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The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Ep. 35 - U.S. Healthcare System

How are you feeling, Extempers? Well, Episode 35 of The Half Hour with YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis is here to discuss health matters! You are at the right place to learn, grab some research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. In this new episode, YuYu and Spencer explore the U.S. healthcare system.


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35 | U.S. Healthcare System

-----Description of Podcast-----

The complex nature of the United States’ healthcare system may seem normal to American citizens, but to other countries, it is a mess entangled within itself. However, healthcare is an argument that both Republicans and Democrats agree on because the system needs to be changed. In this episode, YuYu and Spencer compare and contrast other healthcare systems and what makes the topic still relevant today.

-----Possible Extemp Questions-----

  1. How can public health institutions regain the trust of the American people?

-----Sources from this Video-----

  1. The Hill - ObamaCare bump doesn’t help those who need it -

  2. CNN - First on CNN: A record 35 million-plus Americans have Affordable Care Act coverage -- but the gains may not last long -

  3. PBS News Hour - Biden proposes expansion of Affordable Care Act with changes to ‘family glitch’ -

  4. Politico - Oregon, Kentucky dust off an Obama-era policy to expand health insurance -

  5. Health Affairs - New Biden Executive Order Aims To Build On Coverage Gains -,to%20affordable%2C%20quality%20health%20coverage.

  6. The White House - Executive Order on Continuing to Strengthen Americans’ Access to Affordable, Quality Health Coverage -

  7. Boston Global - Affordable Care Act could become a midterm election albatross -

  8. Business Insider - Biden is taking a big step to expand Obamacare and offer 1.2 million people cheaper health insurance without Congress -

  9. The Washington Post - Democrats push to ensure women get free birth control promised by ACA -

  10. Investopedia - Affordable Care Act (ACA) -

  11. PBS Frontline - Sick around the World -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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-----Credits and Credentials-----

Video/Audio Recording: Zoom Video Communications

Production Recording: OBS Studio

Design Production: Adobe Express

Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Joshua Mitchell

Public Relations Specialist: Camila Rivera

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Music By: Lyle Wiley (Production: GarageBand)

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