Nurses on Cheney: “He’d Probably Be Dead by Now”

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nurses-cheney.jpg These nurses have sass. The California Nurses Association (CNA)/National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC) are running this newspaper advertisement in the top 10 Iowa newspapers, cheering universal health insurance and poking Dick Cheney with a sharp stick. In case you can’t read the fine print, I’ll type some of it here.

“The patient’s history and prognosis were grim: four heart attacks, quadruple bypass surgery, angioplasty, an implanted defibrillator and now an emergency procedure to treat an irregular heartbeat.

“For millions of Americans, this might be a death sentence. For the vice president, it was just another medical treatment. And it cost him very little.

“Unlike the average American, the president, vice president and members of Congress all enjoy government-financed health care with few restrictions or prohibitive fees. They are never turned away for pre-existing conditions or denied care for what an insurance company labels “experimental treatments.”

“The rest of us deserve no less.”

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