Obamacare and Nursing.. what do you think? - page 9

by OKNurse2be | 55,942 Views | 160 Comments

I know that I am possibly opening up a can of ugly worms. I hope that in spite of differing opinions, that this thread can remain friendly and a simple exchange of ideas and opinions. As a beginning nursing student, I am... Read More


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    How???
    How can we prevent obesity?
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    I do believe that there is a knowledge deficit for many Americans relative to nutrition and dietary habits and how they relate to obesity and overall health.

    When I was young we were taught the basics of nutrition in HS in home economics. We were run through the basics of preparing meals from scratch, shopping, meal planning, etc. Not so much anymore...AND...fast food restaurants are now EVERYWHERE with their high fat, high carb offerings.

    Not all citizens are as knowledgeable about nutrition as nurses and other educated health professionals. Given that, even many of us in our improved understanding of these matters are morbidly obese.

    Indeed it is more than just a knowledge deficit, but that is a place to start.
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    Quote from tewdles
    I do believe that there is a knowledge deficit for many Americans relative to nutrition and dietary habits and how they relate to obesity and overall health.

    When I was young we were taught the basics of nutrition in HS in home economics. We were run through the basics of preparing meals from scratch, shopping, meal planning, etc. Not so much anymore...AND...fast food restaurants are now EVERYWHERE with their high fat, high carb offerings.

    Not all citizens are as knowledgeable about nutrition as nurses and other educated health professionals. Given that, even many of us in our improved understanding of these matters are morbidly obese.

    Indeed it is more than just a knowledge deficit, but that is a place to start.
    ^Or access and income to nutritious food...
    There are several sections in my metro area that do not have an adequate supermarket...one section of this city did not have a supermarket in FORTY years.

    Not everyone can afford stellar food from like a Whole Foods or even Trader Joes...fresh food should be available to ALL.

    There is a myth that people who are obese are excessively eating...there are an increasing percentage of overweight and obese persons who are low income and can't afford nutritious food, plus the stress of access to healthcare, affording medication, in addition to not making ends meet.
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    Why can't Obama Care cost the same amount as auto insurance or home insurance

    instead of the outrageous amounts people are talking about?
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    Quote from Saiderap
    Why can't Obama Care cost the same amount as auto insurance or home insurance

    instead of the outrageous amounts people are talking about?
    How would that be possible? We spend $120,000,000 on auto claims, and $2,700,000,000,000 on health claims, so of course the premiums will be higher, much higher since we spend about 20 thousand times as much on healthcare as we do on car repair claims.
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    I'm worried about the healthcare in America. I want to provide the best care POSSIBLE to my now residents as a CNANd future RN and beyond. With this new law I fear quantity is going to overtake quality.
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    There is something inherently wrong with deciding who lives, and who dies, based on how much money they have.
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    Quote from dh07RN
    i really don't see how any of this will be paid for.
    It's written into the law. The money is coming from different sources than it does right now.
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    Quote from laborer
    Have you ever read about the Industrial/Miltary complex that the pigs have created ?
    I work with an Iraq veteran. After the stories he has told me, it is clear there is no one behind the wheel. The government can't manage something as simple as providing water to soldiers in Iraq in a logical efficient way, how can they manage a gigantic healthcare system? Simple, they can't. Bureaucracy kills all progress.
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    There is one point that EVERYONE on this thread has missed. No matter what the laws are they will never be fully followed or enforced for people who cannot afford legal backing. The healthcare system as a whole marginalizes people based on their income level, sometimes illegally. They get away with it because they know lower income people have: 1. Less education 2. Less ability to pay for legal fees to enforce laws. Laws aren't automatically enforced. You can't call the cops and arrest a hospital or insurance sompany. You need to take them to court. Even then you're talking about average Joe VS gigantaur corporation with a full office building of lawyers.

    And it bothers me how healthcare is the stuff of businessmen and lawyers. Sure we should make a good living, but it seems like healthcare industry lost it's soul at some point. Instead of trying to heal the world we are trying maximize how much money we can extract from it. Is private, corporate, for profit healthcare really the way to go? It doesn't seem like it's working to me. It sounds like a bunch of share holders arguing about who gets a bigger piece of pie. What about helping people?
    Last edit by liono on Jan 1 : Reason: Grammar


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