The War on drugs policy is something that is well known to all conservative congress members that support its creation. It’s a declaration first made in 1971 by President Richard Nixon to buckle down and to be rid of drugs within our streets. This policy has expanded and grown into the present year with minimum sentencing for carrying drugs to reform policies to prevent drug use (A brief History). This was done in order to accomplish one goal, to make the streets of the United States better and to keep its people safe. Every policy and reform that congress has passed was created from the perspective of concerned
The use, sale, and overall abuse of drugs is not at all a recent problem in the United States. Numerous attempts have been made throughout the history of the United States to control the distribution and use of certain types of drugs. Perhaps the most well known of these attempts
During the 1960’s drugs became a symbol of “youthful rebellion, social upheaval, and political dissent”, the government quickly stepped into action and by June 1971, President Nixon declared a “war on drugs”. The size and presence of federal drug control agencies and drastic measures such as mandatory sentencing and no-knock warrants. Marijuana was placed under the most restrictive category of drugs and the war on drugs was underway (A Brief History of the Drug War, Bureau of Justice Statistics).
Drugs have been a problem in the country for a long time. Issues with drugs even existed in ancient times. However, through the War on Drugs, the media created a panic about the issue, making citizens believe drug abuse was an exponentially growing new epidemic in the United States. Although the War on Drugs was declared in 1982 and was intended to reduce the rates of drug abuse in the US, America’s drug problem increased dramatically over the next years (Bagley, 1988).
The new and improved health care system in America seems to fall short for many people. The Affordable Care Act made history after President Obama signed it into law on March 23, 2010. This bill is going to create a change in how the current system operates which has kept
Is Harm Reduction a Desirable National Drug Control Policy Goal? There are many differing viewpoints in the United States when dealing with drug policy. Within the political arena, drug policy is a platform that many politicians base their entire campaigns upon, thus showing its importance to our society in general. Some of these modes within which drug policy is studied are in terms of harm reduction, and supply reduction. When studying the harmful effects of drugs, we must first to attempt to determine if drug abuse harms on an individual level of if it is a major cause of many societal problems that we face today. In drawing a preliminary conclusion to this question we are then able to outline the avenues of approach in dealing
The 42nd President of the United States, William (Bill) Jefferson Clinton, had many great ideas. He was President between 1993 and 2001. Shortly after winning the election in 1992, he came up with the Health Security Act. It was meant to cover a wide variety of healthcare issues including giving benefits to all American citizens. It was so in depth that it would have affected every aspect of healthcare. Why did it fail? Throughout this paper you will learn of the features, demanders, suppliers, and the public policy environment within the Health Security Act and why that led to its demise.
It is highly visible that the United States lacks an affordable, universal health care plan. Compared to other countries America is lagging behind. The improvement of access to care has become of high importance to the betterment of society and the country’s health care outcome. This paper will describe the three major problems that exist in the United States health care. In addition, it will explore the proposed health care plans of two 2016 presidential candidates and the position they take in regards the big issues.
specifically, I will outline our nation 's general drug history and look critically at how Congress has influenced our current ineffective drug policy. Through this analysis I hope to show that drug prohibition policies in the United States, for the most part, have failed. Additionally, I will highlight and evaluate
America’s war on drugs has failed. After millions of dollars and untold man hours spent enforcing the prohibition of illegal drugs, there is little, if any, success to show for it. Illicit drugs are still available on most American street corners, drug usage rates have not decreased, and the
The centerpiece of this public relations campaign was a new rhetorical strategy that sought to demonize drugs and ostracize drug users. Presidents Bush and Clinton continued the Reagan administration 's anti-drug policies. President Bush established a national office of drug policy, appointed a drug 'czar, ' increased anti-drug spending and intensified drug law enforcement efforts (Beckett 9). President Clinton, for his part, increased the anti-drug budget by twenty-five percent, proposed expanded drug testing rules and intensified efforts toward drug interdiction and prosecution (McCabe 4).
With the rising worries of healthcare cost and the adaption of the AFfordable Care Act (ACA), the debate of healthcare is growing across party lines. Even before senator and former Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced his bill “Medicare for All” that largely sparked the debate in the media for universal healthcare, the left has been looking for certain policy changes to aid in decreasing the amount of uninsured in the US. “Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has also said ‘next step is single payer’ when it comes to the Democrats’ health-care ambitions,” (the atlantic quote) A growing sentiment among Democratic politicians, and citizens in general, is that the government should provide insurance for everyone, and that access is healthcare is now an right.
Congress, as one of the key players, was seriously considering plans to provide universal health coverage on one hand, and physicians, big businesses, and Republican lawmakers, on the other hand, as various interest groups opposing the Congress, were more interested in blocking the proposals of the Congress (Bok, 1998). The situation was a dilemmatic one and some reformation was needed.
The Post-War period was not the first time healthcare was on the American legislative agenda. Earlier on in 1916 after the New Deal policies, the American Association for Labor Legislation (AALL) had lobbied for a comprehensive form of health insurance, which was largely based off of the German model at the time which largely focused on employer contribution to insurance costs in addition to public contribution. The leaders of AALL felt that health insurance was vital for a productive labor force. With this belief, they aimed to not only just increase and enhance worker’s health, but also aimed to increase prevention measures. This meaning that with comprehensive health care available for individuals, the likelihood of treatment and prevention
The drug culture that began with the use of marijuana then eventually into other more dangerous hallucinogenic such as heroine and cocaine began to merge into American society seamlessly in the late 1960’s. Due to the state of political unrest due to the Vietnam War and civil rights movement, initially the drug policy was loosely associated. It was not until 1982 when president Reagan declared the War on Drugs that the United States and other governments in the Americas took a serious stance on the topic. These policies have been very hypocritical in their approach, as they have still not achieved their implied goals. In actuality, the policies create more problems than they solve. They lead to negative healthy effects for their citizens, an