Monthly Archives: November 2010

Don’t Let Congress and the White House Cut Social Security and Medicare!

Tell Congress: Don’t Cut OUR Social Security and Medicare!Call your U.S. Senator today!Our friends at National Nurses United, the California Nurses Association and the Massachusetts Nurses Association ask us all to please remember to call Congress and the White House on Tuesday, November 30 to protect Social Security and Medicare.The co-chairs of a presidential commission are promoting a plan to cut the deficit at the expense of working people, seniors, widows, orphans, and people with disabilities. Don’t let them.Before the full commission even gets a chance to vote on the deal on Dec. 1, please join us in calling Congress and the White House.This plan would raise the retirement age, reduce benefits for middle-class workers, and cut COLAs after retirement – dramatically reducing benefits for the oldest retirees. It would also reduce Medicare to a voucher program. Don’t be mislead, these programs are currently on sound financial footing and are never allowed to contribute to the deficit.RNs can’t wait longer to retire when they are already overworked and are lifting an average of 1.8 tons a day. We can’t take any benefit cuts when employers continually try to reduce hard-earned pension benefits.”The proposal from the two chairmen of the ‘catfood commission’ makes no sense on its own terms,” says NNU Co-president Deborah Burger, RN. “Congresswoman Schakowsky’s proposal strengthens Social Security, taxes the wealthy, and invests in jobs.” Please make your voice heard now.What you can do:Join in Nov. 30, National Call-in Day to Congress. We want to flood Capitol Hill with thousands of calls, so please join, and call your senators and representative in Congress, 866-529-7630.Call the White House, 202-456-1414.Write a letter to your local newspaper. Follow this link to an online tool, which enables you in just a few clicks to locate and email your local newspapers. There are 10 sample letters that you are able to choose from, all of which can be customized.Tell them:* Protect Social Security. No cuts in benefits for RNs and other working people.* Strengthen Social Security. Raise the income ceiling on payroll taxes for a more equitable system.* No extension of the Bush tax cuts for the richest Americans.Download Call-in Day flyerDownload FAQ Flyer

Workplace Violence | DeAnn McEwen and Martha Kuhl Segment | Show 309

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Guests: DeAnn McEwen and Martha Kuhl

RNs DeAnn McEwen and Martha Kuhl talk about the tragic murder of RN Cynthia Palomata. Cynthia was murdered by a patient while she was on duty. Unfortunately workplace violence is on the rise in hospitals and other health care facilities. Read more…

Lynn Ruth Miller, plus DeAnn McEwen and Martha Kuhl on Workplace Violence | Show 309

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Casey and Dan talk about Dan’s bout with the “brown recluse” family in his garage. Funny lady Lynn Ruth Miller stops by the studio and gives tips on how to get through the holidays—starting with how to avoid getting arrested while going through security at the airport.

BurGranny – Portrait – 1/2 from Joan Tilouine on Vimeo.

On a more serious note RNs DeAnn McEwen and Martha Kuhl talk about the tragic murder of RN Cynthia Palomata. Cynthia was murdered by a patient while she was on duty. Unfortunately workplace violence is on the rise in hospitals and other health care facilities. This tragedy has brought about the critical need for workplace policies and legislation that will prevent and protect workers from ever having to be victimized by this growing epidemic.A trust account has been set up for Cynthia’s family.Cynthia B. Palomata Trust FundRedwood Credit UnionSan Rafael Branch209 3rd Street San Rafael, CA 94901-3546(415) 457-4612Routing #321177586Account #356859

Don’t forget, you can listen in the Boston area on station WWZN 1510AM every Saturday at 11 am EST or live stream at www.revolutionboston.com and in the San Francisco Bay area Sundays at 2PM PST on Green 960AM or live stream at www.green960.com. Read more…

Best of Nurse Talk: A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On — Earthquake Safety | Kathy Carder Segment | Show 244BO

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Guest: Kathy Carder

Casey and Dan talk to RN Kathy Carder about earthquake safety (or the lack thereof) in hospitals. Kathy resides in Venice, California and is a nursing practice representative for Cal Nurses. Read more…

Freshman Congressman to the People: I Got Mine, Screw You

If they ever hand out a prize for Hypocritical Freshman Congressperson of the Year, Andy Harris would win first place. In an amazing display of audacity, Harris, a Republican elected Nov. 2 to a Maryland congressional seat on an anti-healthcare reform platform, complained during an orientation meeting about having to wait 28 days before receiving the government-subsidized healthcare plan available to all federal employees. What’s even more incredible, is that Harris is an anesthesiologist. So one would think he would have some empathy for the millions of people who go without insurance much longer than a mere month.After the Politico story came out, Harris received a much deserved public trashing. He immediately tried to clarify his remarks, claiming he wasn’t talking about himself, but about federal employees in general. Nevertheless, Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of New York was so incensed by Harris’ cluelessness, and anti-health reform legislators in general, that he is demanding that lawmakers who want to repeal reform should drop their own taxpayer-funded coverage. Read more…

Rewind Kathy Carder and Dr. Nieca Goldberg | Show 244BO

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Encore, Encore! For this week’s show we are rewinding a show originally broadcast in August because it was so “moving”…There’s a whole lotta shakin’ going on! Casey and Dan talk to RN Kathy Carder about earthquake safety (or the lack thereof) in hospitals. Kathy resides in Venice, California and is a nursing practice representative for Cal Nurses. She explains that there are literally hundreds of California hospitals that were built in the 1950s (and some before that) that are at extreme risk when another large earthquake hits. NOW, PLEASE DO NOT PUT OFF THOSE SCHEDULED SURGERIES BECAUSE YOU ARE NOW MORE AFRAID OF AN EARTHQUAKE WHILE YOU ARE IN THE HOSPITAL…do listen to what Kathy has to say and then take action by calling your local representatives to help hospitals see the light.Dr. Nieca Goldberg at the Nurse Talk BookstoreAND she’s back! Our friend Dr. Nieca Goldberg, the author of the best selling book, The Complete Guide To Women’s Health. Read more…

Ranks of the Uninsured Reach Almost 59 Million

The United States just reached a new milestone in the Hall of Shame: nearly 59 million Americans were uninsured for at least part of 2010, according to officials at the Centers for Disease Control. That’s more uninsured Americans than the entire populations of some industrialized countries that provide health care to all of their citizens. From a Reuters article:

They said 4 million more Americans went without insurance in the first part of 2010 than during the same time in 2008.“Both adults and kids lost private coverage over the past decade,” Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a news briefing.The findings have implications for U.S. healthcare reform efforts. A bill passed in March promises to get health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans who currently lack coverage.But Republicans who just took control of the House of Representatives last week have vowed to derail the new law by cutting off the funds for it, and some want to repeal it.

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The Midterm Elections and the Future of Health Care Reform | Donna Smith Segment | Show 308

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Guest: Donna Smith

Casey and Dan rap with Donna Smith about the midterm elections. What now? What later? What is the future of health care reform and what can we do to keep the drum beating for single payer health-care? It looks as if it will happen state by state not on a national level. Read more…