Not sure where to put this so if the mods have a better area of the group please feel free...
Today's NYT had an interesting piece regarding the current political debate regarding Medicare and it's funding. Noise on this matter is only going to grow larger as both parties in Washington DC must come to grips with the vast sums the plan consumes, amounts that are only going to grow over the coming years.
Professional nurses are impacted in several ways from Medicare and Medicaid funding. First as current or potential consumers of either program, and secondly in that via funding of hospitals and healthcare each program affects nurses wages to some extent. Thsu any changes in funding or whom runs them (giving more private insurance companies access and or turning the whole thing over to states via block grants for instance), can and probably will have a huge affect on the profession.