Health Care Reform

American Nurses Association Statement Re: Passage of Historic Health Reform Legislation

Silver Spring, Maryland–(ENEWSPF)–March 22, 2010.  The American Nurses Association (ANA), the largest nursing organization in the United State, applauds House lawmakers for passing the Senate health care reform bill, H.R. 3590, “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” by a vote of 219 – 212.  The passing of this historic legislation is an affirmation that Americans recognize the need for affordable, quality health care reform.

“This is an outstanding victory for the American people,” commented ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR.  “This legislation will enact very real and much-needed insurance reforms, it will place a new focus on wellness and prevention, improving access to primary care and expanding coverage to over 30 million people.”

H.R. 3590 now heads to the President’s desk.

The House also passed H.R. 4872, “The Health Care & Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010,” by a vote of 220 – 211.  This bill provides much needed improvements to the recently passed health care reform bill and makes changes to the current student loan program.  H.R. 4872 must now be considered and approved by the Senate in order to complete the process and enact true meaningful reform.  “We still h ave work to do to ensure that the Senate finalizes these reforms,” added Patton.  “ANA will continue to be on the frontlines of this debate, advocating for our patients, and urging Senators to pass health reform quickly.”