The first question to ask, with respect to universal health care, is "Do you believe it is a RIGHT?"
In my Masters pgm, many/most nurses did NOT believe that health care is a right. It is hard to get to the next step in providing universal health care if the big players (us and the docs) don't believe it is a right.
The success of universal health care seems to be tied to political affiliation, as well. I know I don't need to say that conservatives and Republicans are saying that the ACA should be revoked. Liberals and Democrats (not all) are behind the ACA--which is our current attempt at universal healthcare. In Red states, Medicaid has not been expanded--as in my own state, Wisconsin.
We have a Republican governor, Scott Walker, who would block universal health care and has blocked ACA (Obamacare) as much as he can.
I think that when Medicare was first enacted, there was similar opposition.
Nurses may want universal health care despite their political affiliation--because we see how much people need preventative and sick-care. But nurses do not seem to have strong voices,
in general. Do you agree?
Just this morning, the Kaiser Family Foundation (Drew Altman) wrote a reasonable piece about the ACA and addressed some of the objections. Altman stated, dispassionately, the how the ACA was designed to be flexible. I will go back to the article and link to it--and/or copy a paragraph or
two. Tomorrow--I have to go to work soon.
Hey, do you think this should be a new topic on this site: universal health care and the ACA?