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# Public policy dictates the health risks the public routinely

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18 Jul 2010, 11:13
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Public policy dictates the health risks the public routinely takes. Statistical arguments about health risks are used primarily to deflect public fears, while contributing little to policy debate. For example, statistics are cited to imply that wearing a seat belt reduces one’s risk of death in an automobile accident, deflecting attention from the fact that a transportation policy that promotes increasing use of automobiles inherently increases any individual’s risk of death in an automobile accident.
The way the example functions above is most closely paralleled in which one of the following?
(A) Statistics indicate that an individual’s risk of contracting cancer from radiation emitted by a nuclear power plant is less than that of contracting cancer from sunshine. These statistics draw attention away from the fact that a policy of energy conservation is safer for human health than a policy based on nuclear energy.
(B) Statistics indicate that an urban resident’s risk of accidental death from any cause is no greater than that of an individual who lives in a suburban or rural area. These statistics counter the widely held public belief that urban areas are more dangerous than suburban or rural areas.
(C) Statistics indicate that the average life expectancy of males is shorter than that of females. This alone should not influence policies regarding eligibility for life insurance because it is also true that any individual’s expectancy can be calculated on the basis of personal characteristics and health practices.
(D) Statistics indicate that the average life expectancy of males is shorter than that of females. When one accounts for the fact that females smoke less and are less likely to work in jobs in the chemical and manufacturing industries, the difference in life expectancy is narrowed.
(E) Statistics indicate that the number of people dependent on alcohol far exceeds the number dependent on illegal addictive drugs; thus, any policy for the control and treatment of substance abuse should provide for treatment of alcoholism.
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19 Jul 2010, 08:57
Straight A for me...
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19 Jul 2010, 11:21
A for me as well.
The question is not difficult, as you can tell A apart from the other options that don't come even closer. The problem is that it takes a lot of time to read through...
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23 Jul 2010, 10:06
A --- I echo the same sentiment as CANO
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31 Jul 2010, 14:58
D for me why A ??
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05 Aug 2010, 03:24
Clear A. Other options donot even come close to A!
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05 Aug 2010, 10:25
A for me....But quite a long CR question!!!
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05 Aug 2010, 11:24
A ...but took more than 3 minutes....
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12 Sep 2010, 03:37
Clearly A...
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12 Sep 2010, 22:59
a for me 2 i felt quite easy
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12 Sep 2010, 23:23
A ...

But it took a lot of time... to formulate the structure of the argument in each option and read through these.

Good one. whats the source?
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16 Sep 2010, 06:55
Me too would like to know source.
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19 Apr 2011, 06:07
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19 Apr 2011, 09:03
Such a long question took took 2:54 ..Went after "A"
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Public policy dictates the health risks the public routinely takes. Statistical arguments about health risks are used primarily to deflect public fears, while contributing little to policy debate. For example, statistics are cited to imply that wearing a seat belt reduces one’s risk of death in an automobile accident, deflecting attention from the fact that a transportation policy that promotes increasing use of automobiles inherently increases any individual’s risk of death in an automobile accident.
The way the example functions above is most closely paralleled in which one of the following?
(A) Statistics indicate that an individual’s risk of contracting cancer from radiation emitted by a nuclear power plant is less than that of contracting cancer from sunshine. These statistics draw attention away from the fact that a policy of energy conservation is safer for human health than a policy based on nuclear energy.
(B) Statistics indicate that an urban resident’s risk of accidental death from any cause is no greater than that of an individual who lives in a suburban or rural area. These statistics counter the widely held public belief that urban areas are more dangerous than suburban or rural areas.
(C) Statistics indicate that the average life expectancy of males is shorter than that of females. This alone should not influence policies regarding eligibility for life insurance because it is also true that any individual’s expectancy can be calculated on the basis of personal characteristics and health practices.
(D) Statistics indicate that the average life expectancy of males is shorter than that of females. When one accounts for the fact that females smoke less and are less likely to work in jobs in the chemical and manufacturing industries, the difference in life expectancy is narrowed.
(E) Statistics indicate that the number of people dependent on alcohol far exceeds the number dependent on illegal addictive drugs; thus, any policy for the control and treatment of substance abuse should provide for treatment of alcoholism.

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16 Jun 2011, 02:21
other options actually help to prove that A is the best.
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16 Jun 2011, 02:37
A is the best option. It clearly bifurcated the role stats play with respect to public fear and contributes little to public policy. All the other choices don't even rival closely of A.

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12 Sep 2011, 10:36
mmmmmmm I don' think that during the test such long CR are possible.
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