Quote from Onekidneynurse
Might I ask why you believe you have to demonstrate? I thought this health care reform is/was a done deal?
Is Kellog's a for profit company. Imagine the right to food and someone's making obsence profits from cereal?
Healthcare reform is not a done deal; it never will be as long as insurance companies are allowed to decide who gets care and who doesn't. Access to comprehensive health care services is a right. It is the responsibility of society, through its governement, to assure this right.
When we ratified the United National General Assembly Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec 10, 1948, we agreed in Article 25:
•(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
•(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.
According to Dr. Marcia Angell, of Physicians for a National Health Plan, "We live in a country that tolerates enormous disparities in income, material possessions, and social privilege. That may be an inevitable consequence of a free market economy. But those disparities should not extend to denying some of our citizens certain essential services because of their income or social status. One of those services is health care. Others are education, clean water and air, equal justice, and protection from crime, all of which we already acknowledge are public responsibilities. We need to acknowledge the same thing for health care."
Why demonstrate? Well, we've written letters, made phone calls, burned up the fax machines, knocked on the doors and had them slammed in our faces hoping to get a seat at the table, to present an effective cure for the broken health system, so to speak. Single payer advocates were shut out and are continuing to be shut out of the debate, in favor of corporate interest legislation that won't be successful in controlling costs or expanding care. What I see is placebo politics offered in place of genuine reform. People's lives are at stake; our country ranks 37th in health outcomes according to the World Health Organization. Morally and ethically, as the richest country on earth, we can afford to do better; leading economists agree that we can well afford to expand and improve Medicare to cover all of us. It's obscene that we don't try. We have the highest death rate from preventable/treatable conditions out of the top 19 industrialized countries.
In the words of Lillian Wald, founder of public health nursing, "We commit ourselves to any wrong or degradation when we do not protest against it." That's why we demonstrate. It's worked before in the history of civil rights movements, so why not? Continuing with the status quo is not working! As nurses we have a duty to change circumstances that are against the interests or wishes of our patients. For-profit health care is just such a circumstance!