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National Nurses United union supports Medicare for All

Posted: Aug. 27, 2019 3:50 pm

To The Herald-Whig:

At 22 years of age, I found myself in an emergency room of a large hospital, the result of a bad accident. Although I was unconscious at the time, I was told later that the on-call doctors could not find a vein in order to insert an IV. The nurse on duty did. She probably saved my life.

This is one of the reasons I support Medicare for All: because the National Nurses United union supports it, and it is the largest group of registered nurses in the U.S., and they know health care at the patient level.

The union's website says: "Our health care system is broken. In the United States we pay more for our health care than any other country, yet millions of people are uninsured or under-insured and can't get the lifesaving care they need."

With Medicare for All, "Each of us gets the health care we need through a single-payer health care system that guarantees health care for every person." It would cover "all medically necessary care, including: medical, vision, dental, hearing, and reproductive care. It's one comprehensive plan with freedom to choose your provider and no more networks restricting your care."

"Medicare for All pays for all covered health care services and therefore has the power to eliminate waste and control all the costs. Nearly all individuals and businesses would save on health care with no more copays, deductibles, or surprise medical bills."

These nurses believe that heath care is a human right and a moral issue. That staying alive should never be based on someone making a profit.

By the way, the government paid all of my health care expenses for, what turned out to be, a rather long hospital stay.

Steve Miller

Nauvoo, Ill.