NEW YORK NURSE: September 2009
As Congress returned to session in September, its members faced a crucial decision about healthcare reform legislation.
The provisions of this legislation were unclear. The House bill (HR3200) was voted out of various committees before the August recess. A Senate bill had not been formally introduced, and was being worked on by a bipartisan committee headed by Senator Max Baucus of Montana.
Neither bill is a single-payer plan. Despite the heroic efforts of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Manhattan), who ensured that single-payer would get a hearing and a vote, “Medicare for all” did not have majority support in either the House or the Senate.
NYSNA believes that, although a single-payer plan would provide the best coverage at the lowest cost, any reform bill must:
For current information on the healthcare reform legislation and a link to the ANA RN Activist Toolkit, visit the Legislative Advocacy area at nysna.org.