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RNs Praise House Vote to Permit State Single-Payer Laws

RNs Praise House Vote to Permit State Single-Payer Laws

PRNewswire

July 19, 2009

The nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today hailed passage of a key amendment in the House Education and Labor Committee to the national healthcare reform bill this morning that would enable individual states to go a step farther and adopt single- payer, Medicare-for-All style reforms.

Introduced by Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, the amendment would remove potential legal impediments for states to pass single-payer bills by waiving federal exemptions that apply to employer- sponsored health plans.

The amendment passed on a bi-partisan vote of 25-19, with the support of both progressive, single-payer Democrats and many Republicans who endorsed the ability of individual states to pass their own versions of health care reform.

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“This is a historic moment for patients, for American families, and for the tens of thousands of nurses and other single-payer activists from coast to coast who can now work in state capitols to pass single-payer bills, the strongest, most effective solution of all to our healthcare crisis,” said Rose Ann DeMoro, executive director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.

“There are many models of health care reform from which to choose around the world – the vast majority of which perform far better than ours. The one that has been the most tested here and abroad is single-payer,” said Kucinich in urging passage of the amendment.

“Under a single-payer system everyone in the U.S. would get a card that would allow access to any doctor at virtually any hospital. Doctors and hospitals would continue to be privately run, but the insurance payments would be in the public hands. By getting rid of the for-profit insurance companies, we can save $400 billion per year and provide coverage for all medically necessary services for everyone in the U.S.,” Kucinich said.

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The nurses noted there is a long road ahead for the amendment. It will still need approval from the full House and in a final version from the Senate. Nurses and other healthcare and community activists made numerous calls to legislators in support of the amendment, and will continue to press for its enactment in the final bill.


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    korba

    about 5 years ago

    62 comments

    With respect to ethical goods, CV, I do not see that there is any "obligation" that can be placed upon anyone, by another with the exception of leaving them alone.
    To use force, or the threat of force, to garner monies from some for the benefit of others, against the will of the former, is theft pure and simple. No amount of justifcation in the form of democracy apologetics, republican fervor, or the attempt of religions to heap scorn and guilt upon those who refuse to co operate in their own enslavement by a system that has been illegal and corrupt since congress raised the whiskey tax and G. Washington sent Federal Goons to enforce it. You cannot POSSIBLY excuse, explain, justify, exculpate, or exonerate the complicity of each of us in the theft by redistribution of wealth that does not belong to us!
    "The power to tax is the power to enslave."
    A Single Payer system is merely the latest chapter in the inexorable march to an Animal Farm mentality that will enslave all for the benefit of a few, and facilitate the theft of our rights, and life, by those who control the levers of government.
    Yes they will sell it to people as a good thing for "underserved population" but it cannot be justified morally... to rob some for the benefit of others, against their will, is to become a slavemaster.. think about it..

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    ags2318 you are getting "socialist medicine" already, the "capitalist medicine" you deride is strictly government controlled -- otherwise you could pick and choose just what coverage you think you need and you would be able to shop nationwide for the best price. Try to do that.
    Lots of luck.

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    ccross08

    about 5 years ago

    16 comments

    I got a crazy idea the other day. Why can't nurses and their families (or dependents) have "free heath care" as we are the ones who promote health, care for the sick, and all that stuff. I don't know who would pay for it but it sure would be great. Thanks for all the great feedback. It's important to see both sides.

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    ags2318

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    ccross08 you don't want "socialist medicine" to determine who lives and dies, but now we have capitalist medicine deciding who lives and dies. Don't fall for the AM radio scare tactics. Inform yourself. Look at the profit margins these health insurance companies are making --even in a down economy.

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    jansbis

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    ccross you are right. We need to be very careful in whatever is decided. I don't believe gov should be in control of our lives with healthcare. In Obama speech last night he did go on about the republicans and it seems all is their fault. He sounded very unprofessional to me. J

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    ccross08

    about 5 years ago

    16 comments

    This is a lot to think about. Listen to talk radio sometime. This is getting really scary. Physicians are resigning from the AMA left and right. This so called socialist medicine will, in fact, decide who lives and who dies. There are graphs and used to decide who gets the treatments that they need and who will die. Obama used an example of a 100 year old woman in good health that needs a pacemaker. She would be denied the pacemaker and instead given a "pain pill"--it's cheaper. I don't want Uncle Sam deciding if me or my loved ones live or die. Government health plans are a nice thought. We certianly don't need to rush into anything. We need to be educated about ALL aspects of the bill and then decide for ourselves.

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    jansbis

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    WB you are right on target. J

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    about 5 years ago

    The tired old "Grandma has to eat dog food to afford her medicine" gets drug out every time the Liberals want to grab more conrol over our lives. It is as shopworn as the "Blood in the Streets!" cry they trot out every time some state tries to slightly relax the draconian controls on firearms ownership. In the fairy tale lineup they both fall just slightly below the myth of Anthropogenic Global Warming.

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    jansbis

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    The older people already have medicare and a drug plan, which is basically a universal health plan, where have you been kjagnew1? This plan our wonderful elected officials want would hurt these same people you claim you are fighting for. I will say the same thing to you as I did cvshaw, you give your paycheck to people who have no health care because they refuse to work, or they are illegal. There are many programs out there already to help people and these very same programs can be expanded to cover the people who fall thru the cracks. The feds just have to take a look at other programs instead of a massive takeover of yet another private business. With the proper regulations in place on insurance companies, rx, dme, doctors, and on frivious lawsiits the price of our health care will come down and not skyrocket to where no one can afford it. Come on kj, it takes thought and reoganization to get this correct without breaking the backs of the hard working American people and expanding the gov into a socialist society in which I sure as heck don't want and neither do most people. All I can say to those who have only listened to the MSM, who are in the tank for this administration, expand your horizons, read all articales you can find and listen to news that is not MSM in order for you to make an informed decision. J

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    kjagnew1

    about 5 years ago

    134 comments

    Ok so we are nurses and we know how tough it is to see our older patients have to decide between meals and medicine, or utilities and medicine. And even if your not a nurse Im sure you know someone older who is struggling with this dilemma. Im for it and am supporting it no matter how much it may cost. Everyone else in the world has universal healthcare except the great U.S.A. Its high time we start making some type of progress in this healthcare reform arena

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    angienwgeorgia

    about 5 years ago

    252 comments

    Mary, sorry to hear about the insurance problems and the college age daughter, I been there too. Put 2 kids through college...........college aged kids can be such dimwits . I ponied up for their cobra on my plan after they met the age requirement, $360/month. I told both those kids I want them to go break something to make sure I get my moneys worth. The girl actually injured a knee requiring surgery, the boy got mrsa at rotc college probably from communal showers in the gymn.......sports, stuff like that. Thing is I paid it. Im glad I did or I would be whining like most of America is. I have too much pride to be a leach on this country at the taxpayers expense. Everybody needs to take care of themselves. If you dont like the insurance your employer has, look for another employer who has 'better insurance". However, I wont pay your medical bills any more than your mortgage.

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    jansbis

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    Thanks WBatley

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    about 5 years ago

    Great post J.

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    jansbis

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    So, where does in say in the contitution everyone is entitled to health care? Please point that out for me cvsshaw? I do not want to pay for your healthcare as much as you do not want to pay for mine. I sure as heck don't want to pay for illegal people's and I don't want to have my care rationed as it is in all the socialized medicine country's. And why does it have to be right now? I would think something as important and expensive as this should take some real thought and everyone understands it, like the people voting on it, and why does it have to be gov run? There are other ways to do this such as regulation of cost all thru the health care industry. And how do we pay for this? Hey, maybe you can donate your entire paycheck every week so that someone who refuses to work for a living can have healthcare. Maybe all the libs out there will go for that. Lets see if our wonderful elected officials will take on this plan instead of their expensive paid gov plan. I haven't seen one stand up yet and state they are willing. So there is your answer. J

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    cvshaw9

    about 5 years ago

    36 comments

    Which is more important the mail or health care? Under which is there the greatest ethical, moral, and Constitutional obligation that every citizen should have equal access to? Clearly, only a single payer health care system can reasonably meet the ethical, moral, and Constitutional guidelines and mandates as per the aforementioned. For the aforementioned, I support, as do many health care providers, the single payer health care system.
    "LIFE is short, and Art long; the crisis fleeting; experience perilous, and decision difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and externals cooperate. Hippocrates"

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