National Nurses United Fights Fascist Austerity with Devastating, Funny Ads
May 23, 2014 • 10:29AM

National Nurses United (NNU), the largest labor association of registered nurses has launched a devastatingly sharp humor series of TV, radio and Internet ads that demolish the Obamacare and insurance claims that "algorithms," computer programs, and automated answering systems can replace registered nurses and other human healthcare providers. The NNU, with more than 185,000 members, is one of the leading organizations for a single-payer health-care system, and has participated in rallies and actions in support of Glass-Steagall. Beginning in May, NNU launched ads in the form of 1-2 minute comedic vignettes against the Obamacare austerity and elimination of hospitals and trained staff. The ads spread the message, "MEDICAL ALERT. Insist on a Registered Nurse. It Could Save Your Life."

In one vignette, "Ted from Billing" is trying to kick a bedridden patient out of the hospital per instructions from the insurance company while the patient is shouting, "I want a nurse." A computer geek with a computer named Frank is part of the "Ted from Billing" team, and the computer spews out diagnoses such as "pregnant" for the retired-aged man. Finally, a nurse rushes in as the patient is about go into respiratory failure. In another skit, when the patient calls, "Nurse, nurse...." he is answered by a bureaucrat who tells him that "algorithms" are much better than nurses.