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Muscular dystrophy patient Raul Carranza, who has been fighting Medi-Cal over a move to cut the amount of benefits he receives, has posted video documenting an example of the type of critical care situations he faces on a regular basis.

“Yeah, we have situations like that fairly often,” says Carranza of the scene depicted in a YouTube clip entitled Why I Need Nursing Care, in which Carranza’s airway becomes blocked and he requires assistance breathing. He says the situation occurs because he can’t get funding for a heating unit that should be attached to his wheelchair’s ventilator.

Carranza has announced a plan in conjunction with Occupy San Diego’s Labor Solidarity Committee to picket the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency over budget cuts, which they say hurt not only patients who aren’t receiving adequate care but nurses whose hours and pay are reduced.

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paranoid4areason March 19, 2012 @ 9:15 p.m.

This is a travesty. You would have to be one greedy SOB to cut nursing hours for someone such as Raul. Thank you so much Raul for speaking out, for refusing to be discarded by a government and a system that would rather "save money" and increase profit than save lives and quality of life.

You will get your healthcare, keep up the struggle, you're an inspiration.


SarahSanDiego March 21, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.

This video and article shows how state budget cuts literally threaten people's lives!! Raul, as well as every human being, deserve to have the medical care they need!!! Refusing to give Raul a heater for the ventilator on his chair so that he can breath and cutting his hours so he wouldn't have someone to help in an emergency is not acceptable!! Raul could be your son, your brother, your husband, your friend, or even you!! Thank you to San Diego Reader and Dave Rice for supporting this vital cause!


bombshellbeauty2010 March 21, 2012 @ 3:53 p.m.

Thank you for bringing attention to this important cause, every human being deserves the right to receive affordable health care. People over profit. Stay strong Raul, we will fight for you and the thousands of others like you!


nicolae May 24, 2012 @ 12:57 a.m.

The nursing care is very important.Unfortunately exists people with health problem that need speacial care and moral suport so you have to be a good psycholog too. I`m a nurse and to be updated with all the new health programs I took an Nursing and psychology online course.


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