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Nurses Decry 'Cruel Ruse' of GOP Health Plan
Date:6/18/2009

Patient Care Will be Degraded by End of Health Coverage

OAKLAND, Calif., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Geri Jenkins, RN, co-President of the National Nurses Organizing Committee/California Nurses Association -- which is America's RN Union -- issued the following statement in reaction to the release of the GOP health proposal, and its attempts to strip employees of their employer-provided health coverage, and force them into the individual market through "consumer-directed" health savings accounts. While nurses, and many other medical professionals, criticize the failings of the health insurance market, and demand a move to a nonprofit single-payer system of coverage, the worst possible result would be to deny patients even the limited coverage that private, for-profit health insurance provides.

"The GOP has proposed a re-arranging of the financing for the sinking private insurance industry - guaranteeing more profits for the insurers at taxpayer expense. Individuals would be at the mercy of low benefit catastrophic plans that would offer no guarantee of providing the care our patients need, and they re-direct monies from care for low-income Americans into bank-sponsored individual health savings accounts. This bailout puts the insurance and financial industries first and patients last."

About Us: NNOC/CNA is the voice of the national nurses movement, representing 86,000 RNs in all 50 states, and is a founding member of the newly formed United American Nurses-National Nurses Organizing Committee (UAN-NNOC, AFL-CIO). Learn more at www.nnoc.net.


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