My colleagues and I at Allegheny General in Pittsburgh, PA are dealing with challenging economic times just like the rest of our neighbors, and we are trying to do more with less. We watch the debates with great interest to see how President Obama and Vice-President Biden and Governor Romney and Representative Ryan would tackle some of our most serious challenges.
I am grateful as a nurse and a hard working American that President Obama fought so hard for the Affordable Care Act and that his administration stands behind it.
In contrast, Governor Romney runs away from reforms to the Massachusetts system, and he and Ryan call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. They talk about taking away important reforms, privatizing care and putting insurance companies back in charge of our healthcare system.
Because of President Obama's Affordable Care Act, 80 million Americans have access to preventive care. I have seen the grief and pain suffered by patients and their families who delayed care because they could not afford the co-pays that come with visits for preventive screenings. In my experience, outcomes are much better when patients have access to proper preventive care and appropriate medical treatment.
Early screenings--now covered by the healthcare law--for heart disease (the leading cause of death in the U.S), cancer (the second leading cause of death in the U.S), and even screenings during pregnancy have changed outcomes for my patients. We've caught diseases early and have been able to pro-actively treat patients rather than reacting to a condition that could have been prevented.
I worked hard to get healthcare reform for my family, for my patients and for regular working Americans, and I will fight hard to get President Obama re-elected so that we can keep it.