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Obama to Nurses: Statistics Show Need for Overhauling Health

Obama to Nurses: Statistics Show Need for Overhauling Health

(Source; Associated Press)

Associated Press / AP Online

September 10, 2009

WASHINGTON – Trumpeting nurses’ support for health care reform and a grimmer accounting of the nation’s uninsured, President Barack Obama kept up the pressure for congressional action on Thursday.

“We don’t need more partisan distractions,” Obama said in remarks at the White House, speaking again on the issue just 14 hours after his Wednesday night address to Congress and a television-watching public. “We have talked this issue to death. … The time for talk is winding down.”

The White House event was organized with the American Nurses Association, to showcase the group’s backing for Obama’s drive to overhaul the nation’s health care system. Obama says his plan would give people who have health insurance greater security, set up a marketplace for affordable access to coverage for those without and reduce health care costs for all.

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Seeking to sweep away a summer of gridlock on his top domestic priority, Obama plans to remain in the spotlight on health care repeatedly over the coming days. He is appearing at a rally on Saturday in Minnesota and scheduled a health care speech for next Tuesday.

Before a crowd of cheering nurses, Obama said too many people are being cut off from coverage.

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“It is heartbreaking and it is wrong and nobody should be treated that way in the United States of America. Nobdoy,” the president said.

He also cited new Census statistics, released Thursday, showing that the number of uninsured has risen to 46.3 million from 45.7 million in 2007. Obama also said that over the last 12 months, 6 million Americans have lost health care coverage since the economy plunged into recession, making the picture significantly worse than reflected in the Census report.

© YellowBrix 2009


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    Nurse2u

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    All I can say about this is, for the sake of our country, I hope this plan works. Something needs to be done about the healthcare system and at the very least I commend President Obama for trying to do something. It is obvious that the country is not going to see eye to eye on this subject, and it looks as if it will go through anyway. So I hope it works, and if not I hope the people who disagree will in the meantime come up with another solution that will work instead of just complaining.

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    Account Removed

    over 5 years ago

    There are many things that bother me about healthcare reform. I don't even have the time for it all... but think about this: Obama wants congress to vote for healthcare reform, but then is telling them they are exempt from it. Why would he do that? Is it because he wants the people who are concerned about it to vote because they know it won't hurt them and their family? Is that how he convinces people, knowing some of them will actually vote because it won't matter to them anyway? If they weren't exempt from it, maybe more would come out and speak about their concerns. This is not the way to do healthcare reform. There has to be other ways... ways that congress will also want to take part of.

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    lolite

    over 5 years ago

    12 comments

    please i want sent to pr obama to help me that am graduated from the nursing college in egypt i had been studieded for 4y at the college and before that i had pass 12y study at high school and am vgood speaker for english and arabic plus skills of computer and it was my dream to get job at usa but i cant and i should study again and spend mony that i cant spend for nursing
    is there any resolve to get me in
    now am 45y and i have licence from ministery of health in egypt and i can accept any kind of nurse
    lolita
    egypt

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    korba

    over 5 years ago

    62 comments

    The only costs that are passed on to me by the insurance company are those resulting from government interference in the insurance industry to begin with.. .. I can always change insurance companies, I cannot change governments quite so easily.
    My argument against this has nothing to do with obama.. it has everything to do with the ethical treatment of those whose lives have been well lived. That their right to life, unencumbered by governmental bungling, liberty, free of the influence of those, like the ANA who have the "social disease", and the pursuit of happiness, the right to have, and dispose of the fruits of their labors in the way the best see fit, be not infringed by bleeding heart do-gooders (read: ANA and supporters) and those with hard core socialist leanings. CassandraL, if you want to pay for those in medical crisis, you are entitled to. If you'd like me to join you, I invite you to try to convince me to join you in that endeavor, VOLUNTARILY. If you, and the ANA want to send brown shirted federal marshals, with guns, to my house to enforce your desire to save others from their own folly, I can't go along with that. There can be NO ethical justification for stealing from me to support a program of your choosing with which I disagree. And if you cannot make an ethical case for it, that makes you a slave owner, and me into your slave.

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    DSJohnson

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    What don't nurses understand about the horrors of socialized medicine. The government should not get involved. Look at what is raising health insurance costs - illegal aliens, pharmaceutical companies, unnecessary testing. The government does not have the money nor the knowledge to run healthcare. Socialization means long waits, salary freezes, told what doctor to use, who deserves care, long waiting lists for surgery. Why would anyone with a brain want what Obama is proposing. Read between the lines, first socialized healthcare, Big Brother!!!

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    CassandraL

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I have been a nurse for 30 years. I have born witness to the under insured working class. These folks are not living on "government hand-outs". In fact, you see them everyday. They work at convinence stores, gas stations, fast food restaurants, etc. The work class, insurance poor or the strata of our society. If they all up and quit work this country would ground to a halt. What happens when they ignore symptoms, do not take medications or go to the doctor because they cannot afford to? They end up in a medical crises and go to the nearest emergency department on the brink of significant mortaility and morbidity. The Amercian Nurses Association represents my profession. They know what horrible tragedies are happening everyday in this country. I endorse President Obama and the American Nurses Association. I hope the "GOP" takes the time to realize that there is a crises in health care delivery in this country!

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    philabuster

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    The support of the ANA for reorganization makes about as much sense as AARP's alleged support.

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    bhaupt

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Korba, You are paying already for these people,the insurance co. just past the cost on to you. At least under Obama it will cost u less.

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    philabuster

    over 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm in nursing school and have polled many of my instructors as to whether socialized medicine would be effective. It is not their opinion or mine, that this proposed takeover of "another" industry is in anyone's best interest but, Obama and the next generation of influxed voters.

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    korba

    over 5 years ago

    62 comments

    The idea that the government should take money from those who live healthy lives of moderation: good diet, exercise, avoiding drugs and alcohol, avoiding risky behaviours, particularly high risk sexual behaviour, and then take that money to pay for the health care of those whose lives have been destroyed by dissolute, undisciplined behaviours such as drug and alcohol abuse, high risk sex, mountains of fast food, tobacco use, etc etc ad infinitum, IS MORALLY WRONG, ETHICALLY UNPRINCIPLED, AND REPUGNANT TO MANY PEOPLE. That the ANA support this wrong-headed approach, and worse, that many nurses do as well, chills me to the core of my spirit..... Where is the accountability for living one's life in an unexamined, ill disciplined, irresponsible manner? Why make the best of us pay for the worst? SHAME, SHAME, SHAME!

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    Maria89

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Well. If. Improving medical benefit is what he is trying to do I say that's a great idea. I myself personal got my medical insurance taking away ,and I am only 20 years old current college student. I find it ridiculous getting sick can be very expensive and hard to pay if u have no insurance.. Its hard for some people to get a job now in days not everyone gets lucky to work again. The economy is bad and I live with my mom but it can be hard growing up with patents. That can't work.

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    RN4MERCY

    over 5 years ago

    10 comments

    National Nurses United represents over 150,000 direct care RNs at the bedside who've witnessed the devastation in the lives of patients and their families caused by over 30 years of failed health policy; policies based on an inhumane market-driven insurance model! Protecting and providing for the common good of all people equitably and justly is a legitimate function of government. We are the only wealthy industrialized nation that doesn't have some form of guaranteed healthcare for our people, and we have the worst health outcomes among them. As nurses we've made the assessment and now we must call for implementation of a plan of correction and advocate for evidence-based, genuine therapeutic reform: a single-payer national health plan!

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    Rick

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I support health care reform, Or is it health insurance reform now? Either way what really amases me is. There is no real plan out there yet. The fact is we all have to tell our congressmen how we feel about reform.

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    pbozarth

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    How about we do the research first, then make evidence based changes!

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    rwandrw2

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I agree with you Calepine! I also do not support this health care plan which will decrease patient care to save cost overall and increase nurse/patient ratio.

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