Assignment: Agenda Comparison Grids

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Assignment: Agenda Comparison Grids

Assignment: Agenda Comparison Grids

work on an Agenda Comparison Grid to compare the impact of the current/sitting U.S. president and the two previous presidents’ agendas on the healthcare item you selected for study. In this Discussion, you will share your first draft with your colleagues to receive feedback to be applied to your final version. APA citation and reference


  • Review the Resources and reflect on the importance of agenda setting.
  • Consider how federal agendas promote healthcare issues and how these healthcare issues become agenda priorities.
  • Review Part 1 of the Module 1 Assignment and complete the requirements for this Discussion.

he Assignment: (1- to 2-page Comparison Grid, 1-Page Analysis, and 1-page Fact Sheet)

Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid


Milstead, J. A., & Short, N. M. (2019). Health policy and politics: A nurse’s guide (6th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

  • Chapter 1, “Informing Public Policy: An Important Role for Registered Nurses” (pp. 11–13 only)
  • Chapter 2, “Agenda Setting: What Rises to a Policymaker’s Attention?” (pp. 17–36)
  • Chapter 10, “Overview: The Economics and Finance of Health Care” (pp. 171–180)
  • Chapter 12, “An Insider’s Guide to Engaging in Policy Activities”
    • “Creating a Fact Sheet” (pp. 217-221)
  • Every individual, regardless of political affiliation, has stake in healthcare policy decisions. 
    As result, it’s no surprise that healthcare issues have become such high-profile themes on presidential agendas. 
    It’s also no surprise that they’ve become such contentious agenda subjects.
    Part of this module’s Assignment required you to start working on an Agenda Comparison Grid to evaluate the influence of the current/sitting U.S. president’s agenda with the agendas of the two former presidents on the healthcare topic you choose to research. 
    You will share your initial draft with your colleagues in this NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid Template Discussion to gather input that will be applied to your final version.
    How to Get Ready:
    Examine the resources and consider how important it is to develop an agenda.
    Consider how government agendas promote healthcare issues and how these issues become priorities on the federal agenda.
    Complete the criteria for this NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid Template Discussion by reviewing Part of the Module Assignment.
    Template for an Agenda Comparison Grid as well as Fact Sheet or Talking Points 
    Part and Part of the brief assignment template
    Part 1: Grid for comparing agendas
    Use this Agenda Comparison Grid to keep track of data on the population health/healthcare topic you’ve chosen and the presidential agendas. 
    You will gain better knowledge of your chosen problem and how you may position it politically based on presidential goals by completing this grid.
    Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid information will be used to complete the remaining Parts and of your Assignment. 
    Template for the NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid.
    Determine the population health issue you’ve chosen.
    Describe the population health issue you choose and the elements that influence it.
    Template for NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid
    Administration (President Name) (Current President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Previous President) (Pre
    Determine how much money and other resources the current and two previous presidents set aside for this issue.
    Explain how each presidential administration dealt with the problem.
    Part 2: Comparison Grid Analysis of the Agenda
    Complete the following to document information about the population health/healthcare issue you picked, using the information you recorded in Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid.
    Which administrative agency would be most likely to assist you in addressing the healthcare issue you selected? Administration (President Name) (Current President) (Previous President) (Previous President)
    How do you believe the current and two past presidents will address your chosen healthcare issue? 
    How does it manage to stay put?
    Who would you pick as the entrepreneur, advocate, and sponsor of the healthcare problem you chose for the current and two past presidents?
    Note: Part of Module 1: Assignment: Agenda Comparison Grid and Fact Sheet or Talking Points Brief is one-page Fact Sheet or Talking Points Brief that you will write separately.
    Fact Sheet or Talking Points and an Agenda Comparison Grid 
    Part and Part of the brief assignment template
    Part 1: Grid for comparing agendas
    Use this Agenda Comparison Grid to keep track of data on the population health/healthcare topic you’ve chosen and the presidential agendas. 
    You will gain better knowledge of your chosen problem and how you may position it politically based on presidential goals by completing this grid.
    Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid information will be used to complete the remaining Parts and of your Assignment.
    Determine the population health issue you’ve chosen.
    Describe the population health issue you choose and the elements that influence it.
    Abortions have been matter of discussion and debate in politics for many years, but they have recently become big topic of discussion and controversy in healthcare. 
    Abortion laws touch wide range of people, and there are numerous elements that influence the argument. 
    The consequences of abortion on birthrates, the economic cost of abortion, and changes in sexual behavior among teenagers are all factors that contribute to abortion. 
    recent study was conducted to examine the elements that influence woman’s emotional well-being following an abortion. 
    The study’s implications included the source of stress faced by women following abortion and the impact abortion had on religious beliefs (Annas, G. n.d.). 
    According to study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2011, 81 percent of people are at risk of developing mental health illness such as anxiety, depression, alcoholism, marijuana misuse, or suicide (Laguna Treatment Center, 2019). 
    Women who were denied an abortion were found to be more emotionally anxious in other research (Laguna Treatment Center, 2019). 
    They were not prepared to have children, rape, the infant had birth problems, and the child’s parents were unable to care for the newborn, or embarrassment were the reasons for this.
    Donald Trump is the current president of the United States of America.
    Barack Obama (previous president)
    George W. Bush (previous President)
    Describe the current and two previous presidents’ administrative agenda priorities on this subject.
    President Donald Trump remarked on January 19, 2018, at the annual March for Life, protest for anti-abortion campaigners, that his government “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.” 
    As the foundation of our society, we are defending the sanctity of life and the family (, n.d.). 
    President Trump is staunch opponent of abortion. 
    That has always been and will continue to be the case for him as long as he is president.
    Obama was staunch supporter of woman’s right to terminate pregnancy for any reason using legal and safe abortion techniques, as defined by Roe v. Wade. 
    Obama would go to any length to protect woman’s right to an affordable and unrestricted abortion on demand, as pushed by tax-subsidized abortion clinics such as Planned Parenthood. 
    (, April 201;, April 201; 
    He thought it was moral problem and that the government should stay out of it. 
    In 2008, President Barack Obama signed the Freedom of Choice Act, which codified the right to abortion by repealing all federal and state limitations on the operation (The federalist, 2019 para.9). 
    President Bush, more than the other two presidents, was arguably the most sensitive on the matter.
    Bush backed constitutional amendment prohibiting the surgery except in circumstances of rape, incest, or where the woman’s life was in danger. 
    However, he noted that because the plan was unpopular with Americans, there was no reason to pursue it. 
    He also stated that his Supreme Court selections will not be subjected to an anti-abortion litmus test (Abortion without the rhetoric, 2012). 
    He didn’t believe in killing infants on purpose, but he did feel women should have certain rights at first, before taking away funds and settling for partial abortion.
    Determine how much money and other resources the current and two previous presidents set aside for this issue.
    The ban known as the Mexico City Policy was reinstated by Trump through an executive order. 
    This policy forbids the United States from providing federal family planning funds to international health organizations that provide abortion services” (Freiburger, C., 2019). 
    Planned Parenthood is an example of this type of organization.
    Sean Spicer, the President’s press secretary, made bold statement shortly after, saying, “Mr. Trump was/is standing up for all Americans – including the unborn” (Freiburger, C., 2019).
    The Obama administration has approved regulation prohibiting states from withholding federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion-related health clinics.
    The safeguards had been in place for two days before Donald Trump took office.
    Regardless of whether they also conduct abortions, states are legally compelled to disburse federal cash for contraception, fertility, pregnancy, sexually transmitted illnesses, and breast and cervical cancer screening under the regulation (Annas, G. n.d.).
    President Bush reestablished the “Mexico City Policy,” often dubbed as the “Global Gag Rule” by critics, as soon as he took office. 
    This rule requires all federally funded non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to refrain from performing or promoting abortion services (, n.d.).
    Explain how each presidential administration dealt with the problem.
    Trump’s key abortion-related acts during his first two years in office included: signing into law resolution allowing states to reject federal funds from health-care providers that perform abortions; 
    Restoring the Mexico City Policy, which barred foreign aid and federal funding for international NGOs that performed abortions or provided related services; and submitting proposal to change the Title family planning program, which would make family planning clinics that refer patients for abortions and share finances or facilities with abortion providers ineligible to receive funding from the program. 
    Furthermore, if providing abortion counseling violated their moral or religious beliefs, healthcare providers would not be obligated to do so (Israel, M., 2018).
    Obama’s presidency was dedicated to promoting abortion rather than reducing it, as he had promised. 
    He has accomplished this by expanding abortions through Obamacare, appointing slew of pro-abortion judges and officials, removing medical professionals’ conscience rights, and compelling taxpayers to subsidize organizations that perform abortions in other countries (Annas, G. (n.d.).
    Template for NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid
    Bush signed the “Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act” into law on November 5, 2003, prohibiting type of late-term abortion known as “partial birth abortions” by pro-life groups and referred to in medical literature as “intact dilation and extraction.” 
    “Any physician who knowingly conducts partial-birth abortion in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce and therefore kills human fetus shall be fined under this section or imprisoned for not more than two years, or both,” according to the statute. 
    The Texas Parental Notification Law, which required doctors to notify parent or guardian by phone or certified mail at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on minor girl, was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 2007. Bush supported the Texas Parental Notification Law, which required doctors to notify parent or guardian by phone or certified mail at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on minor girl. 
    It also allowed for judicial bypass in cases where there were extenuating circumstances, imposed $10,000 punishment for failure to notify, and excused notification in medical emergencies.
    “I will lead our nation toward culture that values life – the lives of the old and sick, the life of the young, and the life of the unborn,” he said in his own words. 
    understand that good people disagree on this subject, but certainly we can agree on methods to cherish life by promoting adoption and parental notification, and will sign bill prohibiting partial-birth abortion if Congress brings it to me.” 
    Template for NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid
    (From, n.d.)
    Part 2: Comparison Grid Analysis of the Agenda
    Complete the following to document information about the population health/healthcare issue you picked, using the information you recorded in Part 1: Agenda Comparison Grid.
    Which administrative agency would be most likely to assist you in addressing the healthcare issue you selected? Administration (President Name) (Current President) (Previous President) (Previous President)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government body in charge of compiling abortion statistics in the United States.
    In 1996, the FDA took key steps toward allowing medical (nonsurgical) abortion in the United States, primarily by “preapproving” the use of mifepristone, often known as RU 486, as an abortifacient.
    The Department of Health and Human Services has significant role in resolving abortion-related administrative policies.
    Template for NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid
    How do you believe the current and two past presidents will address your chosen healthcare issue? 
    How does it manage to stay put? 
    During his campaign for president, President Trump brought up the subject of abortion several times. 
    As president, he has already addressed the matter. 
    On Monday, President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting government funds from going to international organizations that perform or give information on abortions.
    Template for NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid
    When he made it priority to overturn the Mexico City Policy during his first week in office, Obama made it plain that he would favor abortion. 
    The Mexico City Policy was established by Republican President Ronald Reagan in 1984, and it prohibits funding for international organizations that perform or offer information about abortions. 
    It was reinstated by George W. Bush, but President Barack Obama revoked it again in 2009. (Bilger, 2018). 
    When President George W. Bush assumed office in 2001, he reintroduced President Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City Policy. 
    President George W. Bush also ruled in 2001 that federal monies could not be utilized for embryonic stem cell research, which necessitates the death of human embryos. 
    Instead, Bush advocated for adult stem cell research, which does not involve the destruction of embryos. 
    Bush signed the Born-Alive Newborns Protection Act in 2002, which provides legal protection to infants who survive induced abortions by giving them the same legal safeguards as kids born prematurely.
    President Bush signed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act into law in 2003, making late-term abortions illegal.
    Bush signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act in 2004, which recognizes kid “in utero” at any stage of development as human being and grants the child victim status if the child is the victim of certain crimes involving death or injury.
    Bush chose two pro-life justices to the United States Supreme Court in 2005 and 2006, Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, respectively.
    The federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which had been challenged in court, was upheld by both justices in 2007.
    Bush also threatened to veto any bill weakening existing pro-life policies in letter to Democratic congressional leaders in 2007.
    Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt issued regulation in 2008 to preserve federally financed health care professionals’ rights to refuse to participate in services to which they morally disagree, such as abortion.
    Ryan (2009; Ryan, 2009).
    Who would you pick as the entrepreneur, advocate, and sponsor of the healthcare problem you chose for the current and two past presidents?
    President George W. Bush is my personal choice. 
    His stance on abortion regulations was more empathetic and personal in nature. 
    He was devout Christian, which influenced his ideas and actions on the matter, whilst the others were diametrically opposed. 
    President Trump does not appear to see abortion from the perspective of those who may need it, such as rape victim. 
    President Barack Obama is strong supporter of abortion and believes that women should be able to choose whether or not to have an abortion for any reason. 
    He appears to be unconcerned by anyone’s ethical or religious opinions on the subject.
    Without the rhetoric, abortion is legal. 
    (April 4, 2012). 
    George W. Bush, 2001-2009,
    G. Annas (n.d.). 
    The Politics of Abortion and Health-Care Reform New England Journal of Medicine from from https
    M. Bilger (2018, December 13). 
    Barack Obama, the pro-abortion president, has been honored with Human Rights Award. 
    Retrieved December 13, 2018, from
    C. Freiburger (2019, February 22). 
    Planned Parenthood will lose $60 million as result of the Trump administration’s budget cuts. Trump Abortion.htm
    Tier – Personhood Never – George W. Bush, former President of the United States (R) (n.d.).
    J. Ryan (2009, January 16). 
    According to pro-life organizations, Bush has the best pro-life record of any president. 
    Bush had the finest pro-life record of any president, according to pro-life groups, according to
    The Federalist is magazine published by the Federalist Society (2019). 
    The Obama Administration’s Normalization of Abortion Extremism 
    NURS 6050 Agenda Comparison Grid Template retrieved from
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