Making the Case for Health Insurance Reform. The Nurses’ Perspective. ANA: On the Frontlines of Health Insurance Reform. In Nurses’ Own Words….
Making the Case for Health Insurance Reform
The Nurses’ Perspective
“It is incomprehensible to me that in the United States there are two standards of care – one for those with comprehensive health insurance coverage, and another for those who are under insured or lack insurance.” – Keisha Walker, RN, MSN
Senior Research Nurse, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
“I have patients every day who must decide whether to purchase medications or eat.” -- Linda McIntosh, RN, MSN, APN
Family Nurse Practitioner, Des Arc, AR
Quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but a basic human right.
Coverage does not equal access.
The supply of nurses must be sufficient in order for health insurance reform to be successful.
“Do your part -- nurses, you guys have a lot of credibility; you touch a lot of people's lives; people trust you -- if you're out there saying it's time for us to act…America will finally join the ranks of every other advanced nation by providing quality, affordable health insurance to all of its citizens.”
-- President BarackObama , addressing nurses after being introduced by ANA’s President Patton, September 10, 2009