Oct 6, 2009

Listening to Doctors on Health Care Reform

In the health care debate, we've heard a lot from health care executives, insurance mouthpieces, concerned citizens, and politicians. But one group we haven't heard enough from: health care professionals.

The DNC has recently released an ad with a doctor and a nurse speaking about the need for health care reform. They know it all too well.

Yesterday President Obama met with 150 doctors in the Rose Garden to talk about health care reform.

Dawn Cutler has been a Registered Nurse at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington for over 20 years, and a member of the United Food and Commercial Workers. In her work with women and children in a large hospital birthing center, she sees that patients receive the good care they deserve.
We should be embarrassed to live in such wealthy country and have 49 million Americans without health insurance--to have thousands of people die because they cannot afford health care.

We need to say no to a system that says that if you lose your job you lose your health care. As a nurse, these patients, these families, they are people to me and they deserve the best.
Here's the real issue: a man or women who has committed their professional life to making people well has a moral obligation to help people in need. These doctors and nurses are individuals--with individual consciences. A health insurance company is a corporation.

To quote the satirist Ambrose Bierce:
Corporation. (n.) An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

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