Healthy Dose of Reform

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Deborah Burger, President of the California Nurses Association, knows as well as anyone the effects our current campaign finance system has on health care policy: while HMOs write checks up and down Capitol Hill, we watch insurance premiums spike and affordable health care move further and further out of the grasp of ordinary people. That's why she's excited by what the Fair Elections Now Act could mean for comprehensive healthcare reform.


The California Nurses Association was at the forefront of last year's effort to pass a Clean Elections ballot initiative in California. Though the initiative failed, it helped raise the profile of Clean Elections systems and draw attention to the ways in which healthcare policy and campaign finance intersect.