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As America Waits for the Supreme Court to Decide on Health Care Reform, Nurses Prepare to Care For People Regardless

The Supreme Court is supposed to deliver its ruling on the constitutionality of Obama's health care reform package--specifically, its mandate that individuals who don't get health care through their jobs purchase care for themselves--on Thursday. But some of the people closest to health care are less worried about what the Court does than how they're going to keep treating patients. “Our concern is that a system of unaffordable, under-insurance will persist.  No matter the outcome, millions will effectively be denied regular quality care,” Karen Higgins, a registered nurse and co-president of National Nurses United, said. 

The nurses are preparing for Thursday's decision with a bus tour across California, giving out free health screenings and town hall meetings where people share their healthcare stories. You can watch a video from their tour below. 

NNU continues to call for single-payer, Medicare for all health care--andthey aren't the only ones, as everyone waits to see what the Supreme Court will do. Representative Peter Welch told Greg Sargent at the Washington Post, “If the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare, we have to have a substantive policy and political response — in my view, that’s Medicare for All,” Welch said. “Medicare is very popular. People understand it.”

AlterNet / By Sarah Jaffe

Posted at June 27, 2012, 9:27am

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