You are the chief financial officer (CFO) of a nonprofit organization, Seamus Company, and have been asked to analyze the company’s health insurance plans for any cost-saving measures. You have also been thinking of innovative ways to help reduce cost, such as leveraging resources through healthcare partnerships. Healthcare coverage is the sole principal employee-related expenditure for most employers (aside from salaries). Employers are shifting the healthcare cost to their employees by encouraging them to think more about health-related expenses and behavior. Employers increasingly offer incentives to remove spouses from employee plans. Employers may charge workers extra if a covered spouse has access to other insurance, or they may pay bonuses when spouses are not on the company policy.
A. Create a report (suggested length 5–8 pages) that includes the following:
1. Propose three fiscally sustainable strategies for Seamus Company from the perspective of a CFO, moving away from a fee-for-service model to a MCO model.
a. Recommend a plan to carry out each of the three sustainable strategies from part A1 by including the following:
● cost-saving measures
● tax deductible considerations
● other tax advantages
● fiscal management improvements
b. Discuss two financial management principles of Seamus Company that would support your recommended plan from part A1a.
c. Discuss how the strategies from part A1 align to Seamus Company’s goals of reducing the costs of the company’s health insurance plans.
2. Choose one of the strategies from part A1 to analyze the use of increased service benefits for Seamus Company by doing the following:
a. Discuss the healthcare utilization risk strategy that Seamus Company may face.
b. Describe three financial benefits to Seamus Company with the implementation of increased service benefits.
c. Describe three potential financial drawbacks to Seamus Company with the implementation of increased service benefits.
d. Explain how an employee’s increased usage of these service benefits can be beneficial to Seamus Company.
3. Analyze external healthcare partnerships and their financial benefits by doing the following:
a. Discuss two financial benefits from external healthcare partnerships.
b. Discuss two financial drawbacks from external healthcare partnerships.
c. Determine whether an external healthcare partnership would be beneficial for Seamus Company.
i. Justify your determination of whether an external healthcare partnership would be beneficial for Seamus Company.
Dante Alighieri played a critical role in the literature world through his poem Divine Comedy that was written in the 14th century. The poem contains Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The Inferno is a description of the nine circles of torment that are found on the earth. It depicts the realms of the people that have gone against the spiritual values and who, instead, have chosen bestial appetite, violence, or fraud and malice. The nine circles of hell are limbo, lust, gluttony, greed and wrath. Others are heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The purpose of this paper is to examine the Dante’s Inferno in the perspective of its portrayal of God’s image and the justification of hell.
In this epic poem, God is portrayed as a super being guilty of multiple weaknesses including being egotistic, unjust, and hypocritical. Dante, in this poem, depicts God as being more human than divine by challenging God’s omnipotence. Additionally, the manner in which Dante describes Hell is in full contradiction to the morals of God as written in the Bible. When god arranges Hell to flatter Himself, He commits egotism, a sin that is common among human beings (Cheney, 2016). The weakness is depicted in Limbo and on the Gate of Hell where, for instance, God sends those who do not worship Him to Hell. This implies that failure to worship Him is a sin.
God is also depicted as lacking justice in His actions thus removing the godly image. The injustice is portrayed by the manner in which the sodomites and opportunists are treated. The opportunists are subjected to banner chasing in their lives after death followed by being stung by insects and maggots. They are known to having done neither good nor bad during their lifetimes and, therefore, justice could have demanded that they be granted a neutral punishment having lived a neutral life. The sodomites are also punished unfairly by God when Brunetto Lattini is condemned to hell despite being a good leader (Babor, T. F., McGovern, T., & Robaina, K. (2017). While he commited sodomy, God chooses to ignore all the other good deeds that Brunetto did.
Finally, God is also portrayed as being hypocritical in His actions, a sin that further diminishes His godliness and makes Him more human. A case in point is when God condemns the sin of egotism and goes ahead to commit it repeatedly. Proverbs 29:23 states that “arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected.” When Slattery condemns Dante’s human state as being weak, doubtful, and limited, he is proving God’s hypocrisy because He is also human (Verdicchio, 2015). The actions of God in Hell as portrayed by Dante are inconsistent with the Biblical literature. Both Dante and God are prone to making mistakes, something common among human beings thus making God more human.
To wrap it up, Dante portrays God is more human since He commits the same sins that humans commit: egotism, hypocrisy, and injustice. Hell is justified as being a destination for victims of the mistakes committed by God. The Hell is presented as being a totally different place as compared to what is written about it in the Bible. As a result, reading through the text gives an image of God who is prone to the very mistakes common to humans thus ripping Him off His lofty status of divine and, instead, making Him a mere human. Whether or not Dante did it intentionally is subject to debate but one thing is clear in the poem: the misconstrued notion of God is revealed to future generations.
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Cheney, L. D. G. (2016). Illustrations for Dante’s Inferno: A Comparative Study of Sandro Botticelli, Giovanni Stradano, and Federico Zuccaro. Cultural and Religious Studies, 4(8), 487.
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