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Opinion: Why your vote could be a life-or-death decision

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Nurses Robin Cogan, Barbara Glickstein and Diana J. Mason write that they urge voters to vote in favor of their own health and the health of their family, community, and the nation because if SCOTUS declares the ACA to be constitutional, President Trump and the Republicans in Congress will undoubtedly continue to work to undermine the law in any way they can.

Barbara Glickstein MPH, MS, RN, is a public health nurse and media strategist.

Mason, PhD, RN, is Senior Policy Service Professor, Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement, George Washington University School of Nursing.

However, instead of fighting to ensure that all Americans have access to the care that we all could and should have, his administration is asking the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, putting millions of Americans at risk of losing their health insurance.

We are among over 1,100 nurse leaders who recently signed an open letter urging Americans to think about how important access to health care is to them.

As nurses, we know that people without health insurance risk dying prematurely, unable to afford the care that can prevent or better manage illnesses.

As nurses, we know that the lack of affordable health care has made Americans sicker and more vulnerable to the ravages of Covid-19.

The ACA currently requires health insurers to cover people with "pre-existing conditions. "

Well, the Trump administration and Republican members of Congress claim that they have plans to preserve this coverage.

In fact, experts say that Trump's executive order declaring protection of coverage for pre-existing conditions lacks teeth.

Forty percent of us could be denied health coverage or see dramatic and unaffordable increases in our insurance premiums if the requirement for coverage of pre-existing conditions is eliminated.

Even if the high court declares the ACA to be constitutional, President Trump and the Republicans in Congress will undoubtedly continue to work to undermine the law in any way they can.

He doesn't care about your health and there is no reason to believe that this will change.

We and our more than 1,100 nurse colleagues urge you to vote in favor of your own health and the health of your family, community and the nation.

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