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Nurses Say Everyone Deserves CheneyCare

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, January 07, 2008 6:44 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Wrongful Death, Medical Devices, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Medical Malpractice

Nurses labor organizations are advocating CheneyCare for all Americans.


Many registered nurses say every patient should have health care as good as Vice-President Dick Cheney.

Nurses in California call it “CheneyCare”- that is guaranteed national, publicly-funded health care for all Americans.  The campaign, by the California Nurses Association (CAN)/ National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) is being launched nationwide today and includes print, online ads and a petition drive in support of guaranteed health care for all.

The campaign ran in eight newspapers in New Hampshire before going public to mainstream publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today.

The campaign was inspired by the Vice-President’s recent heart procedure for an irregular heartbeat.  Cheney has had four heart attacks and quadruple bypass surgery as well as angioplasty. In July, 2007, he had surgery to replace an implanted defibrillator originally implanted in 2001, that shocks the heart when it beats irregularly.

Members of Congress and the White House have government-funded health care unlike most Americans.

The headline of the ad reads “If he were anyone else, he’d probably be dead by now.”

The ad reads, “Unlike the average American, the president, vice president and members of Congress all enjoy government-financed healthcare with few restrictions or prohibitive fees. They are never turned away for pre-existing conditions or denied care for what an insurance company labels “experimental treatments. Doesn’t everyone deserve CheneyCare?”

Readers are asked to sign an online petition which will be delivered to the 2008 presidential candidates and members of Congress.

Needless to say the Vice-President’s office has expressed outrage and a "no comment" about the campaign. “Something this outrageous does not warrant a response,” said spokeswoman Megan Mitchell.  

The divisiveness of this issue is apparent online in the blogging community.  Miss Molly writes on Think Progress, “If Cheney didn’t have government health care, he’d probably still be all right. Since he’s rich, he would have been able to pay for any health care he needed out of his pocket.”

The campaign will run ads in the early primary states.

Roughly 47 million Americans do not have health insurance including more than 3 million children.  50 million Americans are under-insured.

CAN/NNOC is critical of  "universal health care" as proposed by the Democratic president contenders because it still includes private insurance companies. 

Single-payer takes insurance companies out of the business of health care. The groups advocate a single-payer health care bill like the one Rep. John Conyers (D-MI.) has introduced into Congress. 

The funding would come from a payroll tax on employers and employees, a health tax on the top 5 percent and 1 percent of income earners and a small tax on stocks and bonds. Without the inclusion of the insurance industry and its profit motive, the theory is that health care costs could be contained or have less of a chance of increasing.

It has 88 co-sponsors with Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) the only presidential candidate to lend support. 

Founded in 1903, the California Nurses Association and the National Nurses Organizing committee have over 75,000 members nationwide and calls itself the largest and fastest growing organization of registered nurses who want to provide a vision and direction for healthcare. #


1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by jacksmith
Monday, January 07, 2008 7:47 PM EST

Bottom line:

I think Hillary Clinton must get back on that horse that brutally through her to the ground back in 1993. That horse is HR 676 (Medicare For all). Insurance mandates of any kind are totally unacceptable to the American people . Thank God. The vast majority of Americans know better than that now. They want single payer tax supported government managed universal health care free for all as a right. And they want it NOW! And they are right to demand it. The American people are suffering by the millions, and dieing by the ten's of thousands now. It's not just about everyone having coverage anymore. It's about the disgraceful quality of health care in America. Even for people with the best insurance coverage you can buy. And it has to end.

I have enormous admiration, and respect for Hillary Clinton. She fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds back in 1993. To prevent this disastrous health care crisis that is now devastating the American people, and America. She fought so hard for the American people that she risk almost completely destroying her husbands presidency. I haven't forgot her heroic effort. If anyone has reason to be reluctant to get back on that bucking bronc again, it's her.

But I think the time is now. And more importantly. I think the American people are ready to do what they have got to do. To fix our disastrous, and deadly health care delivery system. At least I hope so. For all our sakes. Hillary Clinton is right. This is not a game. It's bigger than parties, and politics. It's about the life, or continued needless deaths of millions of Americans. And HR 676 (Medicare For All) is the way to save us.

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