Paul Solman compares and contrasts "Obamacare" policy with health care reform proposals from Mitt Romney. Economists on both sides of the political debate discuss increasing efficiency, technological innovation, market competition and vouchers.

This video is from the Making Sen$e with Paul Solman video series from PBS. Learn more about these videos and view a listing of the most recent videos we have available.

Key Concepts

Role of Government, Profit, Risk, Taxes, Insurance, Risk of Financial Loss


Goods and Services: Some are Private, Some are Not

The role of government is to provide for the common defense, define and protect property rights, and enforce contractual arrangements. Throughout the 20th and early 21st century, government has increased its role in economic life. The role of government has expanded to address so-called market fa...

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Transportation: They Say We Had a Revolution (Part 3)

Advancements in transportation have played a key role in the growth of our nation. U.S. government policies have also had a considerable impact on the development of transport as we know it today. In this series of three lessons, the students examine transportation and its impact on our nation (...

Grades 6-8, 9-12

Marketplace: To Show or Not To Show

This lesson complements an NPR Marketplace segment exploring the effects of the rising costs of insurance for high-profile art exhibits since September 11.

Grades 6-8, 9-12

I Can Be an Entrepreneur

Learners are given advice on how they can earn extra money by becoming an entrepreneur. After investigating several web pages that offer examples of what other people their age have done to earn money, students identify three money-making ideas for themselves such as: considering wh...

Grades 3-5, 6-8

Discover How Two Way Tables Are Used To Determine Auto Insurance Deductibles and Premiums

Students collect data from a hands-on activity involving Colors Goldfish® Baked Snack Crackers to learn how to create a two-way table, find the marginal distribution, and find the conditional distribution. Students then use given data to find marginal and conditional distributions to deter...

Grades 9-12


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