Press Release

AFT Statement On White House Forum on Health Reform

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Friday, March 6, 2009


Leslie Getzinger

AFT Vice President Ann Twomey attended the White House Forum on Health Reform yesterday on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers, along with more than 120 other leaders of labor, business and consumer groups, and members of Congress.

—I was honored to bring the voice of nurses and other healthcare workers to the White House Forum on Health Reform. I came away enormously hopeful about President Obama's commitment to moving toward a universal healthcare system and his political will to make it happen. We can't reverse our nation's sagging economy until we fix our broken healthcare system, which is the most expensive in the world and yet is not accessible or affordable for all Americans. Every day, nurses and caregivers across the nation struggle to provide high-quality healthcare under increasingly difficult conditions. More and more patients lack health insurance, and hospitals are dealing with precarious financial situations. As the discussion moves forward, the American Federation of Teachers will advocate for reforms that will ensure safe patient care and safe working conditions.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.