August 22nd Update: is there anybody left who thinks the GOP is not waging a “war on women?” If so, click on this link.
Please share this widely. here is the link to this blog:
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a partisan Democrat. Have been all my life. I am committed to defending the underdogs of society.
Last spring I wrote a blog on the subject of Obamacare, saying that we need to keep it. I quoted an NPR radio piece where the economic specialists described how it seems as though health care is pitted against spending money on building roads. Road-building is “men’s work” – somehow this means it is more valued by legislators than “women’s work????” – I just don’t think so. I am old enough to remember the Reagan Recession of 1982 in which households where the main breadwinner was a single woman were inordinately affected. I know lots of nurses who are single parents….. let’s think of a better way….. ( and by the way – Reagan was not such a great president….)
Then I left for the summer. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act.
But the last shot has not been fired. Nobody should relax and think that the provisions of reform are safe.
The latest thing is The Romney/Ryan plan to replace Medicare with a voucher program. Ugh. Please do click on the link!!!!
Here is a YouTube Video from the Obama campaign, which every nurse needs to see:
We have a problem with vouchers. In brief, they are highly unlikely to cover enough of the costs, and people will be responsible to pay out-of-pocket. Paying out-of-pocket serves as a means of forcing people to self-ration the care they receive.
I know many senior citizens who are committed to never be a burden to their children, and who will go without needed services before asking their kids for money.
I also know many adult children who are caregivers for a frail elderly parent, and who spend a lot out-of-pocket even though they now have Medicare.
I have met women who have put off care for breast lesions because they were hoping it wasn’t cancer – and when it turned out that it was, they suffered needlessly because it was too advanced to treat. Metastatic breast cancer is not a happy way to die.
The reality is that money doesn’t actually cure anything; it’s the nurses and doctors and drugs and treatments that do the curing. All these things will disappear when the money dries up. Nursing agencies including home care, will close. Hospitals will close or cut back.
Here is a place where nurses need to educate the public as to the effects of cuts. Please share the video link widely.