Watch: Nurses offer some real talk on Obamacare

The quick and dirty breakdown of one of the most significant laws affecting our generation in 90 seconds.

h/t Upworthy

Update: Transcript after the jump thanks to commenter Katie. 

Transcript:

“The healthcare law is here to stay. We are nurses and we care for our patients. So we are here to give you all the facts. The law offers more affordable healthcare, for hard-working, middle-class families and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses. Now young adults can stay on their parents’ plans until age 26. Now insurance companies are required to provide preventative care, like mammograms and cancer screenings, at no additional cost. Now many seniors are getting big discounts on prescriptions. Insurance companies can no longer deny children care or charge more for pre-existing conditions and in 2014 the same will be true for all adults. Small businesses with up to 50 employees are receiving tax credits for providing healthcare. Also, by 2014, middle-class families and individuals will be eligible for tax credits to buy insurance and there will be an onlie marketplace where insurance companies have to compete so you can do one-stop shopping for the plan that’s best for you. Insurance companies can no longer put an annual or life-time dollar limit on your health coverage. Women cannot be charged more for men for the same plan. They can’t cancel your coverage if you or a family member becomes sick. Insurance companies are now required to spend at least 80% of their premiums on actual healthcare, not CEO bonuses. The law will reduce our nation’s budget deficit. No more excuses. No more delays. Politicians need to be standing up for middle-class Americans so we have basic healthcare security, not standing in our way. To learn more and contact your elected officials, go to HealthLawBenefits.org.”

 

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3 Comments

  1. Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    “The healthcare law is here to stay. We are nurses and we care for our patients. So we are here to give you all the facts. The law offers more affordable healthcare, for hard-working, middle-class families and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses. Now young adults can stay on their parents’ plans until age 26. Now insurance companies are required to provide preventative care, like mammograms and cancer screenings, at no additional cost. Now many seniors are getting big discounts on prescriptions. Insurance companies can no longer deny children care or charge more for pre-existing conditions and in 2014 the same will be true for all adults. Small businesses with up to 50 employees are receiving tax credits for providing healthcare. Also, by 2014, middle-class families and individuals will be eligible for tax credits to buy insurance and there will be an onlie marketplace where insurance companies have to compete so you can do one-stop shopping for the plan that’s best for you. Insurance companies can no longer put an annual or life-time dollar limit on your health coverage. Women cannot be charged more for men for the same plan. They can’t cancel your coverage if you or a family member becomes sick. Insurance companies are now required to spend at least 80% of their premiums on actual healthcare, not CEO bonuses. The law will reduce our nation’s budget deficit. No more excuses. No more delays. Politicians need to be standing up for middle-class Americans so we have basic healthcare security, not standing in our way. To learn more and contact your elected officials, go to HealthLawBenefits.org.”

  2. Posted May 21, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    I am a nurse. I was very excited when I first heard about Obama’s plan to fix healthcare. This video makes it sound very nice. What is not to like?

    Try, for example, Obama’s proposal to cut $415 billion on Medicare expenses – by not paying.

    “$415 Billion comes from cutting tax payer money going to doctors, hospitals and private insurance companies… Most health care officials, workers and hospitals agree that ObamaCare helps the health care industry and specifically Medicare and Medicaid.”

    http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-medicare.php

    Cutting waste, fraud, double billing, unnecessary procedures, that’s great. Don’t enrich hospitals, doctors, or insurance companies unnecessarily.

    I work for a state hospital. We operate in the red, because we care for people who are unable to pay. We ran out of funding six months ago, for the fiscal year ending next month. Specifically my department, the long term care unit, provides 24/7 care for people unable to live independently. We provide this care in exchange for a fraction of what that care would be worth in a private care home, and it doesn’t even come out of the families’ pockets, but from the residents’ government checks. You try finding 24/7 care for your grandmother for $50 a day, taken from her social security check, not from you. No, more likely it will be $200 a day, cash out of pocket.

    Our statewide network is not getting rich. Over the years, I’ve seen plans to try to expand our hospital to provide more and better care come and go, because we don’t have the money. We have fundraisers selling candy, to fund purchases of hospital equipment. Our public servant doctors are not getting rich. Employees have salary cuts and freezes. Retirement benefits keep getting cut. I am sure our private administrators are getting paid ok, but not like if they were applying their skills in the private sector.

    If the federal government is not going to pay the expenses for our patients and residents, who suffers? The state will have to make up the difference, from our state taxpayers.* Maybe the state will need to continue negotiations for our state hospital system to be bought out by a mainland private company, which will relieve the burden on taxpayers, by taking it out of patients’ pockets or only providing the care that insurance is willing to cover.

    *There are a lot of people who are upset about “their” federal tax money going to pay for some other state’s expenses, like Hawaii’s. It’s fair to feel that way. Now try doing some research to see how few states actually operate in the black, to understand why states receive federal funding.

  3. Posted May 25, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    This is about unions, but holds true for other people with employer provided insurance as well.

    Yes, more services, and more “free” services, but what will it cost people in premiums? Will you be able to keep your current health insurance provider?

    My favorite part is how one commenter points out “The Treasury Deptment’s (IRS) union, the people tasked with enforcement of Obamacare, have applied for…..wait for it……a waiver to Obamacare!”

    Some unions now angry about health care overhaul

    http://news.yahoo.com/unions-now-angry-health-care-overhaul-074904729.html

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama pushed his health care overhaul plan through Congress, he counted labor unions among his strongest supporters.

    But some unions leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.

    The issue could create a political headache next year for Democrats facing re-election if disgruntled union members believe the Obama administration and Congress aren’t working to fix the problem.

    “It makes an untruth out of what the president said, that if you like your insurance, you could keep it,” said Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. “That is not going to be true for millions of workers now.”

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