By June 17, 2008 0 Comments

2008 Presidential Election and Healthcare Reform


As you are all well aware, unless of course you have no access to TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, internet; or have that one friend that insists on telling you where they stand in this election… Gus?! We are in the midst of an historical election year. Never has there been so much coverage on a Presidential election, all due in part to the diversity amongst the candidates and the critical issues at hand. This will be the first time an African-American is the head candidate for the democratic party and hopefully not the last. Another historical fact is that both candidates are currently seated as Senators and it will be the first time since JFK that a sitting Senator will become President elect. Although it is not offical, it will be John McCain vs. Barack Obama.

So how does the upcoming election affect you and your position as a healthcare provider? Each election there are a number of pivotal issues that are addressed and none greater than healthcare reform. As a nurse or allied health professional you witness firsthand the importance of affordable and quality healthcare, but not everyone has the access needed. Unfortunately in the US there are 47 million people without health insurance, of those, 9 million are children. Besides the lack of insurance, it is almost impossible for one to pay for healthcare as costs are skyrocketing; Health insurance premiums have risen 4 times faster than wages over the past 6 years. The nation faces epidemics of obesity and chronic diseases as well as new threats of pandemic flu and bioterrorism. Yet despite all of this less than 4 cents of every health care dollar is spent on prevention and public health. So where does your candidate stand? Find out at

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Patrick Fuerstenau here. Born in Kentucky, raised in Germany, landed in Nebraska and still here. I've been involved with Marketing and Advertising for over a decade. It all began with an internship at an ad agency in Omaha, followed by a 9 year stint as a graphic artist at the lone major newspaper in Omaha. A friend of mine told me about an opening at her company and said that it was the best gig she's ever had... So I decided to spread my proverbial wings and see what I could do for them and vice versa. So here I am at Medical Solutions and am going on my 3rd year as a Marketing Specialist for a great travel nursing company. This by far has been a major blessing in my life. I love the work I get to do just as much as I love the people who make up this fabulous company. I can see myself here for a long time... As long as they'll have me. Now that we've got the career timeline out of the way... Let me tell you a little about who I am. I am oh so passionate about the game of futbol! I've been playing soccer since the age of 8 and am still playing today. If I couldn't at least kick the ball around, I don't know what I would do with myself. I fear getting old. I also have a strong love for the arts... Music, Visual arts, Film, Design... pretty much anything and everything arty. I'm happy go lucky and am always looking to have a good time. Just ask my manager! And I love writing about travel nursing.

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