The political policies formulated by the legislature affect the health sector, and the presence of a professional organization like American Nurses Association (ANA) help in ensuring the right policies are set. The objective of ANA is to provide the nursing professional with adequate resources and conditions that help in the attaining the objective of the profession. The current political issue that could have hindered the profession from undertaking its mandate is the proposal to revoke the Affordable Care Act Tax Credit Subsidies (Kocher & Adashi, 2011). The Act helps in the ensuring that the civilians get health insurance coverage due to the presence of tax credits. The essay will discuss the court’s decision to uphold the Act and the relationship of the organization with the nurses in the health care industry.
Use of professional organization to stay aware of the political actions
American Nurses Association is a professional organization with the obligation of representing the interests of over 1.3 million registered nurses. The application by ANA to the Supreme Court as amicus was with the effort to join the Department of Health in the support of Affordable Care Act that provides Tax Credit subsidies to over 10 million Americans. The decision to support the Act is based on the organization’s policy of providing health care services to all by utilizing the nurses to their fullest capabilities as leaders and members of the multi-disciplinary health care team. The professional body has been an advocate for health care reforms since 1990s due to the rising cases of uninsured families and individuals hence raising concerns over the rising costs of health services (Mason, Leavitt, & Chaffee, 2014).
Direct involvement of the nurse leaders in political issues could jeopardize their profession hence essential to have an organization such as ANA that represents the nursing industry. The organization is an independent body away from the individual members and the issues addressed by the body should be to the interest of all the nurses. The presence of the body means that none of the nurses can be victimized for airing and protecting their interests through the organization. Nurse leaders have the obligation to highlight their political grievances through the professional organization without fear of being victimized. In cases where politics is concerned, the body provides the direction after consultation with the members. In this way, the nurse leaders would not be involved in political issues hence able to undertake their obligation as expected by the profession.
Importance of maintaining awareness of political actions
The nursing and the health care industry have the obligation to provide health care services to all, and the legislature may formulate policies that can hinder the professional responsibilities. To ensure that professional ethics and morals are not affected by the political class, the nurse leaders, and the entire industry should be aware of the political actions. The presence of the professional organization is to analyze the Acts that touch on the Department of Health and Social services to ensure that none of the clauses hinder the performance of the profession. If the profession is not aware of the political actions, the effects like in the case of Affordable Care Act would be experienced, therefore, the inability of the profession to achieve its ethical obligation.
In conclusion, it is important for the nursing and health care industry to be conscious of the policies and Acts that formulated in the legislature since they would affect their professional. The involvement of ANA helped in reviving the Affordable Care Act, which has helped a majority of the population in accessing health care services.
Kocher, R. P., & Adashi, E. Y. (2011). Hospital readmission and the Affordable Care Acts: paying for coordinated quality cares. Jama, 306(16), 1794-1795.
Mason, J., Leavitt, K., & Chaffee, W. (2014). Policy & politics in nursing and health care.