Making the Case for Health Insurance Reform. The Nurses’ Perspective. ANA: On the Frontlines of Health Insurance Reform. In Nurses’ Own Words….
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