DNC: Nurses Group Endorses Clinton

PHILADELPHIA — “When you want to know what’s going on in healthcare ask a nurse,” said Pam Cipriano, PhD, MN, president of the American Nurses Association at a health policy briefing hosted by Real Clear Politics here on Tuesday.

Not only do nurses know “the dirty little secrets”of the system, they also have answers to some of its biggest problems.

Nurses play a critical role in prevention and wellness promoting immunizations, teaching patients how manage stress, eat healthier and adhere to their medications. And preventing illness, particularly chronic illness, is key not only to helping patients live better lives but also to curbing healthcare costs.

The ANA has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, because it believes she will strengthen the Affordable Care Act, expand Medicaid and ensure health equity for all Americans.

“The American Nurses Association wants the public to know that we’re really their partners. We’re their advocates,” she said.

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RNC: Young Internist Rallies Docs Against Trump

No matter what Trump says or does, he still manages to maintain 38% support in voter opinion surveys, Bryan Hambley, MD, co-founder of Stand Together Against Trump (STAT) told MedPage Today. Hambley completed his internal medicine residency at University Hospitals and is now a fellow in critical care medicine.

In this interview he tells Shannon Firth, MedPage Today’s Washington Correspondent, that he was spurred to action by Trump’s call to ban Muslim refugees, noting that he works daily side-by-side with Muslim doctors.

Protesters will convene Thursday afternoon for a march and later that evening for a rally in Public Square.

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RNC: Former CBO Director on Trump-Pence

CLEVELAND — MedPage Today caught up with Douglas “Doug” Holtz-Eakin, PhD, president of the American Action Forum, a center-right Washington-based think tank and a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, about his views on the Trump-Pence ticket, and whether Donald Trump would adopt Paul Ryan’s blueprint for health reform.

“When Ryan started the task force projects. I thought he would fail,” Holtz-Eakin said. Holtz-Eakin expected that, because it’s an election year, [House] members would be skittish about laying out too many specifics in policy areas, including healthcare, that a presidential nominee could then ignore.

“I’m not so sure now,” he said.

“You could easily see Trump as president saying, ‘Okay, see what kind of a deal you can get out of the House and Senate. We’ll work on the deal.’ And that’s what he likes. Cutting the deal. I don’t think he cares about the substance and the starting points.”

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