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Conservative nurses

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Politically, I consider myself:

  1. 1. Politically, I consider myself:

    • Socialist
      25
    • Liberal
      129
    • Moderate
      47
    • Conservative
      89
    • Libertarian
      30

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The ANA has heartily endorsed Obamacare, and regularly takes hard left positions. That's one reason I don't join the ANA, which is typically led by academics who don't actually take care of sick people. I think that most nurses are moderate to conservative in our views, and really don't like what the president and the federal bureaucracy are doing to the nation.Come join some conservative nurses on Facebook. There's not a chance in Hell that the nurse bureaucrats will ever change, but those of us that they don't represent should let the public know that the nursing profession does NOT support the gross incompetence of the federal government. What are your thoughts?

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I think you're going to find that nursing encompasses all political philosophies, and that the breakdown is similar ro that found in the overall population.

believe that there has been at least one previous thread regarding this issue, however I don't recall whether it included a poll. It will be interesting to follow the results.

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In my experience, "most nurses" are not conservative/moderate (and results so far of your poll are bearing that out ...). But that may well be influenced by my own leanings and the people I (choose to) associate with. Your own values may be skewing your perception, as they may well influence who you choose to associate with, also.

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Just a suggestion here - I consider myself way left of "liberal" but the only choice you have is socialist, which is most definitely not me. You might consider an "other" option.

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Where you put a group of people, or insurance reform, on the political spectrum is highly dependent on where you put yourself. If you consider your views are farther right than you consider yourself to be, most people and ideas are going to seem like they are left to far left.

You may view Obamacare to be far left, but many also view it to be at least mildly right of center, it's all about perspective. If Obamacare is far left, where does a public option fall on the spectrum? Single payer? Regulated healthcare? Socialized medicine? What are the various levels of options that would comprise the supposedly broad spectrum to the right of Obamacare?

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I'm glad to see this debate/poll. Although it's just a tiny sample, I think it's pretty representative of nurses as a group because a majority are indeed liberal or moderate. I've been saying the same thing for years; it's also why I like to remind everyone now and again that nurses are not a monolith, and that the ANA doesn't speak for all of us. :no:

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Living in Kentucky and working at multiple hospitals, the view of the direction the government is taking us is decidedly dim. Millions have lost health insurance because of the ACA regulations. Doctors are getting out early. Employers are cutting hours, and not hiring because of government regulation. Deductibles are increasing greatly. Premiums are increasing greatly. The President's promise that "if you like your insurance! you can keep your insurance. PERIOD." Has been shown to be a fantastic lie. His claim that the average family would save $2500 a year has been shown to be a lie.But I should be happy now that Obamacare has mandated that my insurance cover my Papp smears, mammograms, and so much more. I'm not allowed to choose basic insurance with catastrophic coverage, nor is any other American. My 63 year old wife has her obstetric coverage should she should become pregnant.No, the ANA does not speak for me... In any way, shape, or form. They are a joke that has a lot of money, and claims to represent me.

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Just a suggestion here - I consider myself way left of "liberal" but the only choice you have is socialist, which is most definitely not me. You might consider an "other" option.

Agreed. I have some very liberal views and some more conservative views. I wouldn't be welcome on the OP's site.

I guess it's easier to insult the people you disagree with. I could think of hurtful things to call conservatives/Tea Party members, but I wouldn't do it.

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OP, I didn't realize men had Paps and mammos.

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Agreed. I have some very liberal views and some more conservative views. I wouldn't be welcome one the OP's site.

Me neither. :down:

I am a freethinker; I try to have an objective view and fact-find and will question; we need a viewpoint of MANY individuals that can make change happen for the good or the best at a given time as well as understand that things can be "tweaked"...

I'm not a fan of a "hard line stance", because what I've learned in nursing (and in life) is that there's a TON of GRAY and few black and white...

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I think it has more to do with geography, upbringing, and gender. Personally, I'm more Libertarian than anything else, so on some issues I lean left, others I lean right and on still other issues I keep my mouth shut because I really don't have all the answers. As a corollary, I know a number of Doctors who won't have anything to do with the AMA because of political disagreements.

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OP, I didn't realize men had Paps and mammos.
I think the point being made is that men don't have those done, but their insurance coverage must provide it anyway.. And I also thought those who support this law understood that....and are fine with people paying for coverages they cannot or will not ever need.

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