Respond to your classmates’ initial posts. Your peer responses should be substantive and at least 100 words each. As you reply to your , attempt to take the conversation further by examining their claims or arguments in more depth or responding to the replies that they post to you. Keep the discussion on target, and try to analyze things in as much detail as you can. For instance, you might consider reflecting on why the legislation selected by one of your classmates is impacted differently than the one you selected.
Identify your profession or future profession, and provide a brief background on the typical job responsibilities.
My future profession is to become an accountant. The accounting profession has many specialties; I would like to work in financial accounting. The typical job responsibilities are to record business financial transactions, prepare financial statements, analyze data, respond to financial inquiries and examine financial records to check for accuracy.
Discuss what federalism is and why it is important.
Federalism is the shared power between the national (federal) and state governments. The federal government has the power to declare war, coin money, and regulate trade between states, while the state government has the power to conduct elections, issue marriage and drivers’ licenses, and establish local governments. Some powers are shared by federal and state governments, such as collecting taxes, maintaining law and order, and building highways. Federalism is important as it brings some uniformity of standards to the country and promotes its development by providing the best means of experimentation; as Fine & Levin- Waldman (2016) mentioned that “the states in the federal system are laboratories of democracy” (Section 3.4).
Discuss your policy or piece of legislation that you have selected for your Final Paper and how federalism impacts it.
The legislation that I have selected is the Affordable Care Act (2010). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a federal initiative that deals with the reform of the American health care system to provide quality affordable health insurance for millions of uninsured Americans. has a significant impact on the ACA policy; it affects how the program administration responsibilities are divided between the federal and state governments; it influences how medical providers are paid for services and the quality of medical care patients receive. The characteristics of federalism will help shape the American health care system.
Discuss the federalism challenges that the policy you have selected is creating or facing.
The federalism challenges that the Affordable Care Act creates are tensions between the federal and state governments. The issue is the division of power between federal and state governments; for instance, how they implement the federal law regarding states’ Medicaid expansion.
Fine, T. S., & Levin-Waldman, O. M. (2016). American government (2nd ed.). Bridgepoint Education.
Sparer, M. S. (2011). Federalism and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010: The Founding Fathers Would Not Be Surprised. Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law, 36(3), 461–468. https://doi.org/10.1215/03616878-1271099