[color=#365f91]obamacare survives, supreme court rescues 'big health'
[color=#333333]just a quick comment on the supreme court's decision to uphold the constitutionality of the obama healthcare legislation, i.e. that the single mandate stands.
i recently watched a fascinating video of a talk given by dr oliver fein, a member of the physicians for a national health program, that is doctors in favor of socialised medicine or as it is called in the us, 'single payer', analysing the obama health reform. his view on the supreme court decision was that the judges, and in particular chief justice john roberts, would rule in it favour for fear of what come if they didn't. in other words striking down obamacare would put single payer or other radical reform back on the table. well, roberts deserted his conservative colleagues and voted for obama's law. so dr fein may well be right. ...
[color=#333333]... [color=#333333]this statement just in from one of america's largest nursing unions:
[color=#333333]nurses: 'court ruling does not end healthcare crisis or the need to continue the campaign for reform'
[color=#333333]the supreme court decision should not be seen as the end of the efforts by health care activists for a permanent fix of our broken healthcare system, said the nation's largest union and professional association of registered nurses today.
[color=#333333]to achieve that end, the 175,000-member national nurses united pledged to step up a campaign for a reform that is not based on extending the grip of a failed private insurance system, but "on a universal program based on patient need, not on profits or ability to pay. that's medicare for all," said nnu co-president jean ross, rn. "it is not time to stop, but a reminder to begin that effort anew."
[color=#333333]"nurses experience the crisis our patients continue to endure every day. that's the reason we will continue to work for reform that is universal, that doesn't bankrupt families or leave patients in the often cruel hands of merciless insurance companies," said nnu co-president karen higgins, rn.
[color=#333333]stepping up the fight for medicare for all is even more critical in the midst of the still persistent economic crisis," added nnu co-president deborah burger, rn, noting that nurses have seen broad declines in health status among patients related to loss of jobs, homes, and health coverage. ...
Jun 28, '12
I agree. We all know that the system as existed yesterday was broken. Today's announcement brings a new battlefield. The conservatives will scream about taxes but the real issue of care is the one that we as health care professionals have to promote. Keep your eye on the prize is good advice. I think what HCP want is a healthier nation and everyone able to afford to get prevention as well as illness care.
If we never had to deal with catastrophic health care issues because they were treated properly in the beginning I doubt too many of us would complain.
I am cautiously opimistic about the ruling. I do worry about how crazy the crazies will get over this. Some will set themselves into stroke territory fussing about this.
I believe most level headed people will accept it and work to improve it over the next few years.
Last edit by TopazLover on Jun 28, '12