PTE听力口语练习素材:科学60秒-Health Insurance

PTE考生目前最大的问题之一就是练习题缺乏。除了有限的基本官方书(PLUS,Testbuilder, OG)之外就没有题了。很多英语基础不是很扎实的同学很难找到练习材料。墨尔本文波雅思PTE培训学校专门为墨尔本,悉尼PTE考生准备了适合PTE听力阅读练习的科学60秒。各位PTE同学可以练习PTE听力中的summarise spoken text和PTE口语中的retell lecture,练习记笔记技巧和复述。废话少说,下面开始:

60秒科学:Health Insurance Mystifies Many Americans


60秒科学节目(SSS)是科学美国人网站的一套广播栏目,英文名称:Scientific American – 60 Second Science,节目内容以科学报道为主,节目仅一分钟的时间,主要对当今的科学技术新发展作以简明、通俗的介绍,对于科学的发展如何影响人们的生活环境、健康状况及科学技术,提供了大量简明易懂的阐释。

Obama: °∞Have you heard of the Affordable Care Act?°±

Galifianakis: °∞Oh yeah, I heard about that°≠that’s the thing that doesn’t work?°± Zach Galifianakis ribbing President Obama in the instant classic viral video.

But even if Americans have heard of Obamacare, via Zach or more conventional means, many don’t know how it works°™or even how health insurance works generally.

Last fall, researchers quizzed 6000 Americans, age 18 to 65, on health insurance and the new law. Half didn’t know about the insurance marketplaces, or their subsidies. Forty-two percent couldn’t define a deductible. And two thirds didn’t know the difference between an HMO, with its restrictive physician network, and a PPO, which typically offers more flexibility. The full survey is in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [Silvia Helena Barcellos et al, Preparedness of Americans for the Affordable Care Act]

Study author Silvia Helena Barcellos of USC says those most likely to benefit from the law°™like uninsured young and low-income respondents°™typically know the least. “It’s very hard to believe that people will make informed choices°≠without having knowledge of these basic concepts.” And until we master the basics, she says, simpler insurance options might be just what the doctor ordered.

-Christopher Intagliata


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