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Nurses Unveil Bold New Ad Charting Third Way in Healthcare Debate TEXT and VIDEO)


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: congress, government, healthcare, ethics, nurses, taxes, medicarepolitics, americans )

Carrie
- 490 days ago - nationalnursesunited.org
Nurses Unveil Bold New Ad Charting Third Way in Healthcare Debate. "Our taxes should pay for our healthcare: Seniors have it. Congress has it. Other countries have it. Why not the rest of us?"



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Birgit W. (152)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:10 pm
Very good article, thanks.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:28 pm
I wouldn't be so quick to ask for free healthcare right now since the GOP/TP want to slash Medicare and Medicaid. Seniors don't get such a great deal...and we make monthly payments for the little we do get. Then there's copays for prescriptions, though most are low, they still add up and aren't free...I'm not sure how they can say seniors get free care?? We Pay.
Noted and thank you.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:45 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Susanne R. (249)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 11:34 pm
LOVE the chart! It shows very effectively that the U.S. is the only country that doesn't provide universal health care for its citizens, yet spends $2,873 more per capita on health care than Switzerland, which had the second-highest per capita health care costs. In spite of this, life expectancy in Switzerland is almost four years longer than in the U.S.

The U.S. looks even worse when compared to Japan, where the per capita cost of health care is almost $5,000 less than in the U.S. --even though their life expectancy is almost five years longer than that of U.S. citizens.

Charts are highly effective tools for making comparisons. Thanks for posting this one, Carrie!

 

TomCat S. (231)
Friday August 16, 2013, 12:27 am
Nurses are not only fun for flirting when one is in the hospital, but also damn fine professionals, who are usually right.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 16, 2013, 4:24 am
Of course they save on things like not paying for medication (both mine and myselfs were not paid for, roughly 22,000 per year).
 

Lindsey O. (19)
Friday August 16, 2013, 10:52 am
The argument of the nurses here appears to be that since tax dollars are used to subsidize healthcare for some then we should all be taxed to pay for healthcare for everyone else.

Well, our tax dollars also pay or help pay for housing for some Americans (i.e., those of low income, the President, and various others.) Using the same argument, shouldn't we therefore raise everyone's taxes and then give everyone tax-provided housing? Housing is a necessity, after all (unless one wants to live on the streets).

Same thing with food, which is the ultimate necessity. Taxes pay for or help pay for food for some - since food is more necessary than medical care (go without food and it's guaranteed you'll die) shouldn't we also raise everyone's taxes and then use those tax dollars to feed everyone?

And so on.

It makes much more sense to me for our tax dollars to potentially go towards paying for any necessity for those who genuinely can't afford it for themselves.
 
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