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Nurses from around the United States took part in a rally at Daly Plaza in Chicago on May 18, 2012 to support a half-percent financial transaction tax, known as the Robin Hood Tax, on Wall Street trades as part of their campaign to heal America.
As a companion to their recently released comic book, M.I.T. health care economist Jon Gruber and illustrator Nathan Schreiber teamed up with the Center for American Progress to produce an three-minute animated explanation of how the health reform law works:
Ah, the possibilities of an open mind.
Other rich countries have universal health care. FRONTLINE teams up with T.R. Reid, a veteran foreign correspondent for “The Washington Post,” in “Sick Around the World,” to find out how five other capitalist democracies–United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland–deliver health care and what the United States might learn from their successes and their failures.
More than three million embattled British nurses and other public employees were on strike (11/30/2011) to protest attacks by the British government on pensions and retirement security.
Like their U.S. counterparts, British officials want to slash public worker pensions to cut public deficits — even though, like Social Security in the U.S., British pension funds are financially sound.
As the 19 unions, representing nurses, other healthcare workers, teachers, and other public employees say, the government position is “pay more, work longer, get less.”
“These plans are just a cynical move to raise £4 billion to pay down the deficit caused by the bankers. Instead of raiding the pensions of hard working public service workers, why not impose a tiny transaction tax on the banks instead — this would raise £20 billion a year?”
— Karen Jennings, assistant general secretary of UNISON, which represents tens of thousands of nurses and other healthcare worker.
In the U.S., National Nurses United is leading the call for a financial transaction tax on Wall Street. The tax would tax Wall Street to heal Main Street. Similar taxes are being proposed by workers around the world. Nurses are rallied to show their support for British nurses and workers whose pensions are in jeopardy.
Heal the world economy!
NNU Midwest Director and RN Jan Rodolfo appeared on Keith Olbermann’s show on Monday, October 24 to talk about the Occupy Chicago arrests on Sunday. If you missed it, here’s the clip.
And here’s a powerful video that shows nurses getting arrested early Sunday morning. At the 3:40-minute mark, you see the nurses who were the last ones arrested. You also can hear the crowd chanting, “NNU! We love you!”
Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren spoke at the Massachusetts Nurses Association convention this week. “Washington right now works for those who have already made it. . . . It doesn’t work for ordinary families. It doesn’t work for small businesses,” she says. “We have a choice to make ….It’s really a choice about which side do you stand on.” –From the Massachuestts Nurses Association
We’ve made some new friends over on Facebook, Americans for Healthcare. They posted this video this morning. Let’s remain vigilant.
Please sign every petition, send emails and make phone calls to Congress-Tell them to NOT make cuts to social security, Medicare and Medicaid. Instead, close tax loopholes and stop Bush tax cuts. Here’s how to find your representatives: www.contactingthecongress.org.
Nurses take their Main Street Contract to Wall Street demanding that Wall Street pay their fair share. Main Street pays sales tax. Why not Wall Street? Half a penny per transaction could raise as much as 350 billion dollars.
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