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    California Nurses Shum's diary :: :: dailykos
    EXCERPT
    Cross-posted at GuaranteedHealthcare Blog.
    Update  As of this morning, 17,000 nurses are volunteering at the SiCKO opening night, and pledging to help us reach our million nurse goal.
    Here’s how SiCKO is changing our country:
    The healthcare movement finally is a mass, on-the-ground movement  Not since the days of Act Up have we actually had a critical mass of healthcare activists on the ground, working for change.  Now we do: tens of thousands of activists talking to hundreds of thousands of people.  Powerful.
    Caregivers finally have a voice.  For years, groups such as the American Medical Association purported to be the voice of caregivers.  Unfortunately, they have been all too willing to throw patient interests under the bus so they can line their own pockets.  Now with the rise of the nurses’ movement, allied with PNHP docs, we finally have healthcare providers taking their patient advocacy to the streets...and the statehouse.
    The media finally has to cover the issue of guaranteeing healthcare—and force political leaders to do the same.  Take a look at some examples below here.
    And now to the SiCKO/Guaranteed Healthcare Update
    *The Nation notes the nurse uprising and, like us, wonders what happens after SiCKO.
    (In the same issue, Liza Featherstone looks at the movement by nurses for guaranteeing healthcare on the single-payer model, despite those looking to compromise with the insurance industry.}
    *Clarence Page at the Chicago Tribune lays out the new conventional wisdom:
    America's got a terrific health care system, as long as you don't get sick.  That much, at least, seems to be conceded even by lobbyists for the nation's health insurance industry.

    "They tell you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps then they steal your boots " - Rep. Dennis Kucinich 6/28/2007

    by pollwatch on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 08:19:42 AM PDT

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