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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.

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    over 5 years ago


    I agree with the comment that ANA does not speak for all nurses. I have been a longtime member and have considered leaving b/c I disagree with their stand on government run health care. Loss of more members in ANA will not be good for the organization. They need to think again and maybe poll the membership rather than taking a stand that the leadership wants to take. ANA is to be representing us not themselves.

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    over 5 years ago


    I'm with the ANA on this one. How could any CAREGIVER not be? Besides,preventive healthcare is what keeps costs down. This preventive healthcare should be available to all citizens of the United States.
    The insurance company & the mass conglomerates of the healthcare industry will still remain profitable entities;the competition will diminish the greed.
    " God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of Power and Love and soundness of mind." (Somewhere in the Bible.)
    Be brave and let's help Obama champion this change; we can always go back to the greed and the deception of corporate;big pharma,& wall street run healthcare for blueblood only.

    Nurse Bill

  • Razorback_max50


    over 5 years ago


    The meeting with the ANA was a very unfair representation of America's Nurses! A large majority of nurses are NOT for government ran healthcare. ANA needs to make an apology for trying to speak for the nurses ...those are the words of a committee or seat/officer ...NOT the majority of American Nurses. Apparently ANA speakers haven't watched the power of the people & current movements taking place..OUR VOICES WILL BE HEARD, and it will be known that ANA IS NOT SPEAKING FOR ALL NURSES. The last thing ANA needs, or nurses actually want, is tension and loss of support between nurses & ANA...Don' t divide us..

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