The American Nurses Association issued a statement on the federal budget debate, saying policymakers should quickly find a comprehensive budget solution and end the government shutdown.
In addition, the ANA reiterated its support of full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and praised the Oct. 1 opening of the health insurance exchanges.
The Affordable Care Act will make a real difference in peoples lives, allowing them access to affordable coverage that will help them get well and stay well, ANA President Karen A. Daley, RN, PhD, FAAN, said in a statement.
The government shutdown already is negatively affecting some of the nations most vulnerable citizens, according to the ANAs statement. The National Institutes of Health will be forced to turn away 200 patients each week from its clinical research center, where children and other patients seek care for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
Heading into the influenza season, the CDC is not monitoring how the flu is spreading across the country and is not able to support state and local partners in infectious disease surveillance. The Food and Drug Administration will cease most food-safety operations, and the Environmental Protection Agency will stop monitoring air pollution and pesticide use.
If the shutdown persists, programs that assist veterans, women and children in need of assistance to buy healthy food will cease to provide benefits, as will programs for those who depend on disability payments.
Putting the nations financial standing and peoples lives at risk because you dont like a law or the outcome of an election is irresponsible, Daley said. Citizens expect more of their elected representatives and will hold them accountable.