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Nurses Unveil New Advertising Campaign Against Schwarzenegger-Nunez 'Individual Mandate' Plan
Date:1/10/2008

The Words of Sen. Barack Obama Critique Concept of Forcing Patients to Buy

Insurance

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee today launched a new statewide media campaign featuring the voice of Sen. Barack Obama commenting on proposals to force individuals to buy insurance.

Individual mandate schemes lie at the heart of the healthcare deal crafted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez-and endorsed by most California insurance corporations.

The media campaign of radio spots will run in major media markets across California, coinciding with Senate hearings and a vote on the ABX1.1 bill. CNA/NNOC opposes the bill which would require all Californians to buy health insurance or face substantial penalties. As the ad puts it, "Don't let the politicians force you to buy insurance you can't afford and which won't help you when you're sick."

The ad also quotes Sen. Obama noting, "some folks who said that it's not possible to provide universal healthcare coverage unless there's a mandate. Their essential argument is the only way to get everybody covered is if the government forces you to buy health insurance. If you don't buy it, then you'll be penalized in some way ... The reason people don't have health insurance is because they can't afford it."

Under the Schwarzenegger-Nunez deal, ABX1.1, insurers would gain millions of new customers and hundreds of millions in additional profits while failing in its promise of solving the state's healthcare crisis, says CNA/NNOC.

Supporters of the bill include seven of the state's biggest insurers: Kaiser Permanente, Health Net, PacifiCare, Blue Shield, Cigna, and Molina Health Care.

"Individual mandates are not a humane or sound health care policy. Californians desperately want real healthcare reform, but AB x1.1 is not it," said Zenei Cortez, RN, a membe
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