Undergraduate Voices is a podcast project by students in Professor Suzanne Holland's bioethics course in fall 2009. The podcasts represent the research and thinking of undergraduates studying bioethics at the height of the debates about how to reform the American health care system. While nearly everyone, it seems, has been asked to weigh in on what to do about health care reform — from tea party participants to pundits and politicians — no one seems to have asked college students for their opinions.
Prognosis Uncertain: Economic Symptoms of the Developing Health Care Reform - John Murmello '11 and Leigh Herzog '13
This podcast explores the economic implications the current health care reform has for the 18-29 year old age bracket. We examine both the current and proposed systems for health insurance, and discuss key vocabulary in the ongoing health care debate.
Experimental Coverage: A Proven Need For Unapproved Drugs - Jocelyn Recht '10 and Stef Kovacic '10
Our podcast explores the issue of experimental drug coverage in the current health care reform debate. Dismayed by the lack of discussion about the topic, we provide information and case studies about the issue that illustrate why experimental drugs are important to America’s terminally ill patients and why the issue deserves more attention.
Rumors: Health Care Reform and the End-of-Life - Shannon Greulich '11 and Amy Gould '11
In this podcast, we try to confront the rumors surrounding end-of-life issues in the health care reform bill head on. They discuss what they've heard and then address such "rumors" with reality based on research and hard facts. The point of this podcast is to stress the importance of knowing what the bill is actually proposing and understanding the importance of discussing this inevitable topic with the right people.
Fighting for Their rights: Military Mental Health Care - Sabrina Rodak '11 and Matt Zaringhalam '12
Mental health care services are severely lacking for the U.S. military, both veterans and active-duty service members. Some problems include a lack of providers, inadequate training for providers, and the stigma attached to treatment. Health care reform should grant insurance coverage for high quality mental health care for our heroes.
Are You Needy Enough? - Elspeth Monigle '11 and Hilary Nicholson '12
This is an informative podcast about the changes to the Medicaid program in the proposed health care reform bill. The characters involved are fictional, however they represent millions of real Americans who share the same situations.
Illegal Immigrants and the American Health Care Reform - Emily Long '10 and Kelly Byrne '11
In this podcast, we offer opposing perspectives of how the Affordable Healthcare for Americans Act addresses coverage for undocumented immigrants. We consider the pros and cons of the issue as well as the potential implications for the future of the American health care system.