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Nurses to Congress: Expanding Medicare Could Reverse Job Losses, and Repair Our Broken Healthcare System and Safety Net
Date:1/28/2009

er nations or even 14 percent more than any other nation - we spend more than 40 percent more than any other nation spends, yet our outcomes are so much worse," Tsou noted.

Hickel, a former Canadian health official, talked about the conservative fears some have raised of a government role in paying healthcare bills, as occurs in Canada, or in the current U.S. Medicare system.

"I often hear people say that they fear a bureaucrat will decide their healthcare - nothing could be further from the truth. As a Deputy Minister of Health for Manitoba, I can tell you unequivocally that I was forbidden by law from entering into any clinical decisions - and that was punishable by 10 years in prison. So when I hear people say they don't want bureaucratic healthcare, I tell them they must be thinking about an HMO," Hickel said.

"If I could flip a lever tomorrow and enact HR676, it is undoubtedly the way for the United States to go," said Hickel. "It is a matter of political will and what is right for the nation."

Representing 85,000 RNs in 50 states, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee is the largest and fastest-growing association of direct-care RNs in the nation. Learn more at www.calnurses.org.


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