It’s been another tough week in
Some would say this is not the time to invest in health care. Some would argue we should wait until economic storm clouds have cleared before the government honours commitments to hire additional nurses, open-badly needed nurse practitioner-led primary care clinics, and provide the food, housing and support that will finally lift men, women and children out of poverty.
Not U.S. President Barack Obama. Facing a $1.75 trillion deficit himself, the President said in his February 25th address to Congress “now is the time to act boldly and wisely, to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity”. Several days later, President Obama tabled a budget that includes an historic commitment to comprehensive health-care reform based on “the principle that we must have quality, affordable health care for every American”. To the suggestion that health care must wait for rosier economic times, President Obama said “health-care reform can’t wait, it must not wait and it will not wait another year.”
Over 4,000 RNs and RN students have emailed and written to Premier McGuinty over the last month in response to
Nurses are being heard. The Toronto Star tells us there are strong voices in the government saying this is the time for a budget of “big ideas”, such as significant down-payments on programs to reduce poverty, to re-energize health care, and to invest heavily in green energy (editorial,
That’s why we must continue to push and push. More than ever, louder than ever, we must send a clear message to Premier McGuinty and Finance Minister Duncan – to build health care and not cut nurses.
Here are two things we need you to do.
First, write a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty through our website. Over 3,000 nurses is a fantastic start, but we need every nurse in
Second, please share this Action Alert with a friend, colleague or family member and ask them to go to our website and send a letter too. We need their help, the
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