Opinion: Nurses' prescription for healing our economy

  1. if you want to know just how bad things are for those hit hardest by the great recession, ask a nurse: they see more young men suffering heart attacks, more anxiety in children, and more ulcers and stomach illnesses in people of all ages.

    financial struggles are forcing more patients to forgo necessary medicines and treatments. a princeton/georgia state study reports a 39 percent increase in er admissions for suicide attempts precipitated by home foreclosures, and a direct correlation between foreclosure rates and increases in emergency-room visits and hospitalization for hypertension, diabetes and anxiety.

    given this widespread hardship and pain, it makes sense that nurses who are on the frontlines in our communities every day are leading an effort to hold wall street accountable for causing these economic troubles while raising hundreds of billions of dollars for vital human needs....

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  3. by   herring_RN
    [color=#333333]tax wall street to heal america
    [color=#333333]the nation's nurses are calling for a tax on financial transactions to begin raising the revenue needed to fix the nation's growing social crisis.
    by deborah burger

    national nurses united, america's largest union of rns, is sounding an alarm
    we've organized rallies in new york, boston, washington, los angeles, chicago, san francisco, and las vegas, as well as in minnesota, michigan, texas, florida, and other states and cities. we've held demonstrations at 60 congressional field offices. and we've joined the occupy together movement as first aid volunteers in more than a dozen sites, including on wall street, where it all started.

    through these actions and others, we're drawing attention to a national emergency and calling for a tiny but potentially powerful tax on financial transactions. this simple step would amass up to $350 billion annually in this country as part of a global push for revenue desperately needed here and elsewhere around the world.
    why are we making this tax a huge priority? for nurses, patient care extends beyond the bedside.

    consider this heartbreaking story. steven cross, a single dad, departed his lakeville, minnesota home last month after it was seized by the bank. he was one of the millions of americans — through a combination of stagnant wages, massive unemployment, wall street gouging, and bank fraud — forced out of their homes in recent years. he left his 11-year-old son behind with his neighbors, telling them in a note, "i don't want him to remember me as homeless." actually, more than memories were at stake. according to a recent survey conducted in california, two out of five homeless people are at risk of dying a "premature death."…

    …president barack obama must decide which side he is on, wall street or main street. if he's on main street's side, he needs to join the global movement in support of a tax on financial speculation. national nurses united is sponsoring a major protest at the treasury department on nov. 3, where we'll send this message to obama, as well as to treasury secretary timothy geithner, who's been telling europe not to institute a financial transaction tax….

    …we need a tax like this. it would be a small amount for wall street to pay back to a reeling main street. it would be a down payment on the larger sum needed to put this country on its feet — to get the chronically jobless back to work, reduce school overcrowding, and provide quality health care for all americans. to do all that, we'll need to find new sources of revenue. there's no other way to rescue our communities, save our families, and make our children healthy.

    the alternative is bleak for us all — for those struggling like steven cross in minnesota and for the 1 percent. our protests are for our patients and for our country. we won't stop until an agenda to rebuild main street is secured.

  4. by   herring_RN
    The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) will start campaigning for Australia to introduce a Financial Transactions Tax (FTT), with the money raised used on much-needed spending increases in programs such as health and aged care.

    To kick off its campaign two NSWNA officials are joining other nurses and midwives from around the world at the G20 meeting in Cannes France this week....

    NSW Nurses' Association: Nursing issues: Australia Must Also Tax Financial Transactions
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