AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
Thank you for publishing this excellent article. I used it as a basis for class discussions with my graduate students about the presidential election and the ACA.
Nurses everywhere should breathe a sigh of relief that the election results will mean the ACA can be implemented, and nursing's vision of quality health care for all will finally be realized in health reform. As a profession, we can be proud that the American Nurses Association has advocated—for many years but especially now—for universal access and equitable and preventative health care. Not only will many more of our patients have insurance coverage and access to better care under this health reform, the law now recognizes how nurses are critical players in an improved delivery system, as leaders, managers, and clinicians.
We must continue to translate our beliefs and values into political action. And because the opponents of health reform have spread so much disinformation, we must continue to explain the benefits of the law to our patients and nurse colleagues. Joining with our nursing organizations to advocate full implementation of health reform is more important now than ever.
Mary Ann Hart, MSN, RN
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