FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2015
Jemarion Jones, 301-628-5198
Adam Sachs, 301-628-5034
Statement: ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN,
on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA) appreciates President Obama’s emphasis on the need for continued health care transformation and improvement during last night’s State of the Union address. Whether it is people directly benefiting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or health care professionals working to stem the largest Ebola outbreak in history, improving health and emergency preparedness is good for the country and good for the U.S. economy.
The president’s address showed a keen understanding that improving health for all has benefits which extend far beyond just feeling better; better health allows people to have peace of mind and achieve our full potential as contributors to society.
For example, the Precision Medicine Initiative President Obama described during his speech has the potential to generate more effective treatments for serious diseases. And, thanks to the ACA, 10 million Americans who were previously uninsured now have access to affordable, high quality health care through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Nurses are the largest group of health care professionals, the most trusted, and committed to improving the health and wellness of individuals and communities. As the Feb. 15 deadline for enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace draws near, we encourage all nurses to continue to educate consumers about their options and advocate on their behalf for policy that enhances health and wellness.
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