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Political Candidate: Government subsidized prescription drug

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Political Candidate: Government subsidized prescription drug plans that would allow individuals significant choice in determining their benefits and costs are deceptively appealing to numerous stakeholders. However, buying prescription drug coverage, like buying health insurance coverage, is not like buying a car. The consumer cannot predict his or her future health needs. Moreover, the administrators of the choice-based drug plans under consideration are allowed to change the drugs they cover and the prices they charge at any time; this renders informed consumer choice meaningless and makes securing appropriate coverage a crap shoot. Older and disabled individuals, the predominant consumers of government subsidized prescription drug plans, should be offered drug coverage alternatives that do not force them to gamble with their health.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A.The first is a fact that the candidate argues against; the second is the ultimate claim that the candidate supports.
B.The first is an observation which the candidate acknowledges as true but to which he is ultimately opposed; the second is a claim that the candidate uses as evidence to support his ultimate position.
C.The first is an observation that the candidate acknowledges as true but unfortunate; the second is an assertion that the candidate makes to support his ultimate position.
D.The first is an observation that the candidate argues against; the second is an observation that the candidate supports.
E.The first is an observation made by the candidate; the second is an assertion that the candidate ultimately opposes.
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New post 12 Jul 2008, 11:27
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Political Candidate: Government subsidized prescription drug plans that would allow individuals significant choice in determining their benefits and costs are deceptively appealing to numerous stakeholders. However, buying prescription drug coverage, like buying health insurance coverage, is not like buying a car. The consumer cannot predict his or her future health needs. Moreover, the administrators of the choice-based drug plans under consideration are allowed to change the drugs they cover and the prices they charge at any time; this renders informed consumer choice meaningless and makes securing appropriate coverage a crap shoot. Older and disabled individuals, the predominant consumers of government subsidized prescription drug plans, should be offered drug coverage alternatives that do not force them to gamble with their health.

The buyer may or may not the same diseases in future. Therefore, rather than subsidizing the prescription drug plans, government should offer some coverage alternatives.

In the argument above, the two portions in boldface play which of the following roles?

A.The first is a fact that the candidate argues against; the second is the ultimate claim that the candidate supports.

Wrong. The ultimate claim is that this is not an effective way. Goverment should some alternative drug coverage plan.

B.The first is an observation which the candidate acknowledges as true but to which he is ultimately opposed; the second is a claim that the candidate uses as evidence to support his ultimate position.

Close but wrong. The observation is true government plan but author is against it. But author is using "The consumer cannot predict his or her future health needs" assertion to make the cliam that this is not a good plan. Use some alternative...drug coverage plan

C.The first is an observation that the candidate acknowledges as true but unfortunate; the second is an assertion that the candidate makes to support his ultimate position.

Correct. Second "consumer cannot predict his or her future health needs" is the asertion that author is making to support his claim.

D.The first is an observation that the candidate argues against; the second is an observation that the candidate supports.

Wrong. Second is not an observation.

E.The first is an observation made by the candidate; the second is an assertion that the candidate ultimately opposes.

Wrong. Author is not opposing second.



IMO C but very confused between B and C
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New post 12 Jul 2008, 11:45
IMO C. The first is an observation that the candidate acknowledges as true but unfortunate; the second is an assertion that the candidate makes to support his ultimate position.

Political Candidate: Government subsidized prescription drug plans that would allow individuals significant choice in determining their benefits and costs are deceptively appealing to numerous stakeholders. The candidate agrees that the drug plan would allow individuals significant choice (TRUE) but it is deceptively appealing (unfortunate).

The consumer cannot predict his or her future health needs.. This is an assertion because the next sentence strats with "moreover" and instroduces more seertion. "Moreover, the administrators of the choice-based drug plans under consideration are allowed to change the drugs they cover and the prices they charge at any time;

Conclusion in the passage is: this renders informed consumer choice meaningless and makes securing appropriate coverage a crap shoot. Older and disabled individuals, the predominant consumers of government subsidized prescription drug plans, should be offered drug coverage alternatives that do not force them to gamble with their health.
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New post 12 Jul 2008, 11:50
IMO D.
But C is also really close.
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IMO C. The first is an observation that the candidate acknowledges as true but unfortunate; the second is an assertion that the candidate makes to support his ultimate position.

Political Candidate: Government subsidized prescription drug plans that would allow individuals significant choice in determining their benefits and costs are deceptively appealing to numerous stakeholders. The candidate agrees that the drug plan would allow individuals significant choice (TRUE) but it is deceptively appealing (unfortunate).

The consumer cannot predict his or her future health needs.. This is an assertion because the next sentence strats with "moreover" and instroduces more seertion. "Moreover, the administrators of the choice-based drug plans under consideration are allowed to change the drugs they cover and the prices they charge at any time;

Conclusion in the passage is: this renders informed consumer choice meaningless and makes securing appropriate coverage a crap shoot. Older and disabled individuals, the predominant consumers of government subsidized prescription drug plans, should be offered drug coverage alternatives that do not force them to gamble with their health.



Why B is wonrg? What is the main diff between conclusion and assertion?

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IMO C. The first is an observation that the candidate acknowledges as true but unfortunate; the second is an assertion that the candidate makes to support his ultimate position.

Political Candidate: Government subsidized prescription drug plans that would allow individuals significant choice in determining their benefits and costs are deceptively appealing to numerous stakeholders. The candidate agrees that the drug plan would allow individuals significant choice (TRUE) but it is deceptively appealing (unfortunate).

The consumer cannot predict his or her future health needs.. This is an assertion because the next sentence strats with "moreover" and instroduces more seertion. "Moreover, the administrators of the choice-based drug plans under consideration are allowed to change the drugs they cover and the prices they charge at any time;

Conclusion in the passage is: this renders informed consumer choice meaningless and makes securing appropriate coverage a crap shoot. Older and disabled individuals, the predominant consumers of government subsidized prescription drug plans, should be offered drug coverage alternatives that do not force them to gamble with their health.



Why B is wonrg? What is the main diff between conclusion and assertion?

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Good Question Rao. In the first bold face the second part is wrong - it is not an evidence.
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New post 12 Jul 2008, 13:25
i dont think D is correct..the second part is not an observation but an assertion..this is the view of the politician and he wants you to believe it..

therfore C is best
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New post 12 Jul 2008, 13:36
I am with fresinha .... i went with C because the second boldface is really an assertion
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I am with fresinha .... i went with C because the second boldface is really an assertion


Hi All,

Still confused ......

What is the main diff between conclusion and assertion?????
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Though I am a bit late, my assessment of C is that nowhere the first boldface has been proclaimed as unfortunate.
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B for me. In C, I don't think the first bold face is unfortunate. B is clearer.
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how can we conclude that first bold face is unfortunate? Can some expert please explain how to eliminate B?
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the first BF is a fact about a plan. the author does not acknowledge its benefit......critical of its implementation... not opposed to it.....

the second is BF supports the conclusion by the author.

hence IMO"C".
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I had a doubt here. Aren't the options C and B too close for comfort? Can we expect something like this in GMAT? I mean using the word unfortunate in C kind of baffled me. I don't think the author thinks it's unfortunate. If someone could help. Thanks :)
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I had a doubt here. Aren't the options C and B too close for comfort? Can we expect something like this in GMAT? I mean using the word unfortunate in C kind of baffled me. I don't think the author thinks it's unfortunate. If someone could help. Thanks :)



Though I am not expert, below is my understanding:

It is unfortunate because it deceptively appealing to numerous stakeholders NOT literally appealing to numerous stakeholders.

P.S.:I was also in a problem to understand how it is unfortunate.
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Hi experts, I'm not able to understand difference between B and C? Both seem same.
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Hi experts, I'm not able to understand difference between B and C? Both seem same.
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"Opposed to" can be interpreted as "not agreeing". Thus in option B the statement about BF1 beomes self-conflicting.

As for C, it is not convincing that an event is "unfortunate" because it is "deceptively appealing".

Thus, I find neither of the options up to the GMAT mark to qualify as the clear, correct answer.
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The conclusion, or ultimate position, of the political candidate is that older and
disabled individuals should be offered drug coverage alternatives that, in contrast
to plans built around individual choice, do not force them to gamble with their
health. The first bold-faced statement is an observation that the candidate makes
about the appeal of the choice-based plans; the use of the phrase "deceptively
appealing" and the continuation of the argument makes it clear that the candidate
views the appeal of these plans as unfortunate. The second bold-faced
statement, that consumers cannot predict their future health needs, is an
assertion that the candidate uses to support his ultimate position that alternative
plans should be offered.

(B) This choice correctly states that the second bold-faced statement is a claim
that the candidate uses as evidence to support his ultimate position. However,
the first bold-faced statement is not an observation to which the candidate is
ultimately opposed; it is his own observation that the current prescription drug
plans are "deceptively appealing." His opposition is to the drug plans
themselves, but that is not the observation made in the first statement.

(C) CORRECT. The first bold-faced statement, that coverage plans centered
around choice are deceptively appealing, is an observation that the candidate
acknowledges as true but unfortunate. The second bold-faced statement—that
consumers cannot predict their future health needs—is an assertion that the
candidate makes to support his ultimate position that alternative plans should be
offered.

(D) This choice incorrectly states that the candidate argues against the
observation that choice plans are deceptively appealing to numerous
stakeholders. This is the candidate's own observation; though he does view the
fact as unfortunate, one cannot argue against one's own observation. Moreover,
the second bold-faced statement is not an observation; instead, it is a claim used
to support the candidate's ultimate conclusion that alternative plans should be
offered.
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i think the obvious flaw in B is "Evidence" in the second bold phrase. There is no evidence.
"completely opposed" is not so obvious.
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