How Barack Obama Will Affect Nurses
NursesForObama.com / Obama for America
January 16, 2009
HEALTH CARE REFORM
Provide Universal Health Care Access and Lower Health Costs: Barack Obama is committed to signing universal health legislation by the end of his first term in office that ensures all Americans have high-quality, affordable health care coverage. His plan will save a typical American family up to $2,500 every year on medical expenditures by providing affordable, comprehensive and portable health coverage for every American; requiring that employers contribute to the health coverage of their employees; modernizing the U.S. health care system to contain spiraling health care costs and improve the quality of patient care; and promoting prevention and strengthening public health to prevent disease and protect against natural and man-made disasters.
Foster Healthy Communities: How a community is designed – including the layout of its roads, buildings and parks – has a huge impact on the health of its residents. For instance, nearly one-third of Americans live in neighborhoods without sidewalks and less than half of our country’s children have a playground within walking distance of their homes. This lack of a safe place to walk and play is a major contributor to the growing numbers of overweight children. Barack Obama introduced legislation, the Healthy Places Act of 2006 and the Healthy Communities Act of 2005, to identify and address problems in communities that are at high risk from environmental contaminants, and to assess and support improvements to the environment. He has also sponsored legislation to address environmental health concerns for disadvantaged populations.