Health Care Haves and Have Nots

AP US Government and Politics

The citizens of what state have the lowest rate of health care insurance in the US?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this data?

  3. What patterns do you notice in the chart/map?

  4. Is this chart/map good news?

  5. Why do you think some states have different rates of health insurance coverage than others?

  6. What is a consequence of these different rates of health insurance?

  7. What would the following people say about the data in the chart/map: Liberal/Conservative/Libertarian?

  8. What are some consequences for states with very high levels of uninsured citizens?

  9. What specific program that attempted to raise the rate of health insurance coverage in the US was rejected by most of the sates that now have the highest rates of uninsured?

  10. Why do you think these states rejected this program?

  11. What is the connection between this data and political party affiliation?

  12. What does any of this have to do with federalism?

  13. If we lived in a country with a unitary form of government, how would this information most likely be different?

  14. What was the overall direction of health insurance coverage during the 8 years between 2008-1016?

  15. President Trump has said repeatedly that he wants to destroy Obamacare. Obamacare was mostly responsible for lowering the rates of uninsured people in America. Why do you think Trump wants to take a step that will certainly cause a huge rise in the rate of the uninsured in America?

  16. What do you predict the rate of health insurance coverage will look like after 8 years of Trump?

  17. Describe one policy that could immediately lower the rate of uninsured nationwide?

  18. Describe one policy that could immediately raise the rate of uninsured nationwide?

  19. Explain which of those two policies you would prefer:

  20. Let's say you were in charge of leading charge for reducing the number of people with health insurance. Write a slogan to get people to be on your side in this fight!

Action Extension

Contact The White House and let them know what you think about their efforts to undo Obamacare.

Learning Extension

Check out the interactive map of health insurance rates in the US.

Changing Party Demographics Like It's 1999

AP US Government and Politics

In which of the following ways are Republican and Democratic voters most different: race, education, age?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this data?

  3. What is the big story this data tells?

  4. What is one political consequence of these changes?

  5. What is one consequence of these changes on your life?

  6. For all voters, how much did the Hispanic voting group grow over the past 24 years?

  7. According to the data, what is the biggest way the Republican Party has changed?

  8. According to the data, what is the biggest way the Democratic Party has changed?

  9. Based on the changes from the chart, explain whether it would be fair to say that in a few years we are going to have two American political parties: the White Party and the Non-White Party?

  10. How do you think the Trump presidency will alter the party demographics over the next decade?

  11. Is the information from the chart good news or bad news?

  12. Based on the demographic changes described in the data, if you were trying to pick the winning team between the Democrats and Republicans. which one would you say would win?

  13. Based on the data in the chart what does the typical Republican voter look like?

  14. Based on the data in the chart, what does the typical Democratic voter look like?

  15. Between 1992 and 2016 both parties changed a lot. Which party changed more?

  16. Based on the changes of the past 24 years, what do you imagine these two parties will look like in 2040?

  17. in 1917 two of the most powerful countries in the world were the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire (even heard of them?). What is the likelihood that there will even be a United States of America in 2040?

Learning Extension

Oh my goodness. There are somany great charts about changing party trends on Snapchat, I mean the Pew Research Website. Check it out!!

Action Extension

Contact your national/state/local Republican or Democratic Party or just look at the Republican or Democratic  party platforms and ask them to tell you why you should join them instead of the other party. Share their comments and your thoughts about the two parties online or in class.

Watch this Prince Video and every time he is about to get to the chorus, sing "political" before he says "party like it's 1999." Everybody will think you are cool.

So Many Bonus Charts*

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Legitimacy Ya Later!

What % of voters say it is very important for the losing presidential candidate to publicly acknowledge the winner as the legitimate president of the country?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. How surprising is this information?

  3. Only a little more than half of all Americans say it is very important for the losing presidential candidate to publicly acknowledge the winner as the legitimate president of the country. Why do you think that is?

  4. What is one consequence of this data?

  5. Explain whether you think it is very important for the losing presidential candidate to publicly acknowledge the winner as the legitimate president of the country?

  6. Is this good news?

  7. Do you think the losing presidential candidate will acknowledge the winner as the legitimate president of the country?

  8. What is the difference between Trump and Clinton voters on this subject?

  9. No matter who wins the election, describe the level of legitimacy the next president will have:

  10. When Kennedy beat Nixon in 1960, despite evidence of some voter irregularities, Nixon conceded the election. When Bush defeated Gore in 2000, despite evidence of voting irregularities, Gore conceded the election. And people of both parties generally supported the winning candidate. Why do you think the legitimacy of our system has drifted so far from those days?

  11. What do you think will happen in the 2016 presidential election?

  12. If the 2016 presidential election were an animal, what animal would it be?

  13. Do you think it is wise of Donald Trump to claim that the election is rigged like he did in this Tweet yesterday*?

  14. Why do you think he says this?


Learning Extension

Check out the Pew Research on voters views on our disputed election


Action Extension

Become an Election Worker!

Election workers are essential to ensuring that elections are a success.

With each election, millions of Americans dedicate themselves to sustaining the backbone of democracy - our election process. EAC encourages those interested in becoming election workers at the polls on election day to learn more about what is required and how to sign up to work with your local election official.

Get started and find out if you are eligible. Go to the State Compendium of Election Worker Laws and Statutes.

1.   Find out if you must be a registered voter in the state.

2.   Find out if there is an age requirement.

3.   Find out if there is a residency requirement.

4.   Find out if a political party affiliation is required.

Then contact your local election office and sign up to be an Election Worker. They'd be happy to add you to the Election Day Team!

Give Me A Bathroom Break

What portion of white evangelicals who attend church services weekly or more believe that transgender people should be required to use the public restroom of the gender they were born into?

  1. How accurate was your prediction?

  2. What most surprised you about this data?

  3. What is the big story this data tells?

  4. Why do you think that is?

  5. What is one consequence of this?

  6. Is this good news or bad news?

  7. Explain whether you believe transgender people should be required to use the public restroom of the gender they were born into.

  8. Do you believe this will be a big issue in the 2016 presidential election?

  9. Do you believe that people who don't have an opinion on this issue should be allowed to use public restrooms?

  10. I live in North Carolina which recently passed HB2, a bill requiring transgender people to use the public restroom of the gender they were born into. Many people have boycotted my state because of our new law. Do you think that people should boycott states that pass laws they oppose?

  11. Is this a big issue in your state, community, or school?


Learning Extension

Read the Pew article and graphs about this issue.


Action Extension

Ask ten people the following question or post the question on social media, then share your responses with class.

"If you had to chose, which of the following comes closest to your view? Transgender people should be...

...required to use the public restroom of the gender they were born into.

...allowed to use the public restroom of the gender with which they currently identify."