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Obama: Nurses Play Critical Role in US Healthcare

Obama: Nurses Play Critical Role in US Healthcare


March 26, 2009

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has thrown a bouquet at the nurses of America.

Hosting the first-ever virtual Town Hall at the White House, Obama called nurses the backbone of the country’s health care system and suggested they are unappreciated.

He said that at a time when his daughter Sasha had a serious medical issue, nurses rather than physicians were doing the bulk of the work at the hospital. Obama said: “It was the nurses who were there when she had to get a spinal tap and all the things that were bringing me to tears.”

He said nurses must play a key role in setting the country’s emerging health policy and said there actually is a shortage of nurses at a time when the country is experiencing rising joblessness.

© YellowBrix 2009

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