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Nurses Welcome President's Call for Comprehensive Health Reform

Nurses Welcome President's Call for Comprehensive Health Reform

PRNewswire

February 26, 2009

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses today praised President Obama’s call for “comprehensive” healthcare reform in his speech to Congress Tuesday night, but emphasized that only genuine reform, as in expanding Medicare to cover everyone, will actually solve the crisis — and rein in the skyrocketing costs that the president noted are bankrupting Americans and costing jobs.

“After the past dismal eight years, it could not be more gratifying to hear a President emphasize the need for comprehensive action on healthcare, and recognize the growing crisis felt by American families,” said Malinda Markowitz, RN, co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.

“But we cannot repair our broken and dysfunctional system, and bring our families the health and financial security they need without taking on the insurance giants which created and perpetuate the crisis by pricing people out of access to care, or bankrupting them if they attempt to use it.”

“Only one reform, Medicare for all, effectively controls costs at the source, by eliminating the stranglehold of the insurance giants and the price gouging we see in ever-rising premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and other daily costs that have caused so much harm to so many.

“Unfortunately, far too many in Washington continue to seek methods that merely extend the stranglehold of private insurers,” Markowitz said.

A new report just out today from the Institute of Medicine reaffirms the problem, Markowitz noted. Average premiums for family coverage have soared by 119 percent the past decade – three and a half times the growth of family incomes.


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    angienwgeorgia

    over 5 years ago

    252 comments

    I think there will be a higher number of Americans who will bankrupt as a result of higher taxes, unemployment. When people started living on credit cards, living in houses they cant afford, and there is moral decay all around us. I think they need to prove where they got that 119 percent increase in premiums. The Obama Nation leaders just say whatever they want to with no shred of proof. If they prove these percentages, fine..............they just print what they want just like the dollars they recently printed in the US mint, its only our great grandchildren who will be paying for the dollar value decrease on a global scale. I was thinking of the countries that went bankrupt..........Argentina, Russia. They borrowed so much more than they knew they could pay back. What are we going to do when China calls in the loans we owe them? China is the 3rd richest country probably, and they will be owning us eventually.

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    smschaflePHN

    over 5 years ago

    38 comments

    Along with increased taxes for the rich, money handouts to those who shouldn't be in million dollar homes, bank bail outs, and forecing abortion skills on medical personel that don't want to learn, we have socialzed medicine. What next, dictating what my children will do for a life long career? Socialist...communism, at it's best. Lennon would be proud of Obama!

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