A Salute to Nurses with Jane O’Meara Sanders

By Nurse Talk Nurse Talk's Healthcare in America Senior Correspondent Donna Smith had the privilege of talking with Jane O'Meara Sanders recently. If the name sounds familiar Jane is the wife of Senator Bernie Sanders, co-founder of the Sanders Institute and a longtime social, educational and political activist.Jane played a major role in Bernie’s 2016 Presidential run and worked closely with thousands of nurses during the campaign. She learned first-hand how nurses fight for their patients both at the bedside and beyond. Jane is busy working on Bernie's 2020 Presidential bid and is...

A Conversation with Labor Campaign for Single Payer Mark Dudzic

By Nurse Talk With us today is Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer. The primary purpose of his organization is to increase and coordinate grassroots labor support for a Single-Payer Medicare-for-All healthcare system in America. Mark, like many of us believes health care is a fundamental human need and that the labor movement must take a leading role in the fight for healthcare justice.

What You Should Know About The So-Called Balanced Budget Amendment

By Nurse Talk Executive Director for Social Security Works, Alex Lawson visits with Nurse Talk Radio about the so-called Balanced Budget Amendment. A few weeks ago Paul Ryan and his Republican caucus voted on a so-called balanced budget amendment (BBA.) While it sounds like a vote for mom and apple pie, every politician who supports it will be voting to cut Social Security. Ryan and his caucus have so far been thwarted in their efforts to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, because doing so is extremely unpopular. They would love to go after Social Security through the...

RN Jane Sandoval Talks About Recently Enacted Workplace Protection Rules

By NurseTalk California healthcare employers are required by law to have comprehensive, unit-specific workplace violence prevention plans in place by April 1, 2018. National Nurses United and California Nurses Association fought long and hard for these protections. RN Jane Sandoval visits with Nurse Talk Radio about the importance of these protections.

A conversation with Michael Lighty-A Labor-Based Movement For Medicare for All

By NurseTalk Join us for this special edition podcast with Director of Public Policy for National Nurses United, Michael Lighty. In Michael’s article he notes, the labor movement exists to stop money from being the metric of value and power. Healthcare is exhibit A for money as the metric (see Elizabeth Rosenthal’s book, “American Sickness”). Unions derive power from members, engaged in fights to win a better life at work, home and in society. Medicare for All enjoys strong majority support among the general public, and overwhelming support among union members and Democrats (70-80% in...

Pfizer, pocketing a big tax cut from Trump, ends investment in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s research.

By Nurse Talk With every passing day, it becomes clearer who's reaping the benefit of the huge tax cut handed over to American corporations by the Republican-dominated Congress in December. The big drug company Pfizer seems intent on being a pace-setter in cranking out the benefits of the tax cut to stakeholders who need them the least. In an announcement in late January, Pfizer said it was shutting down its research efforts on treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinsonism. The company didn't say how much it was spending on the two conditions, but said about 300 researchers will lose their...

Paul Ryan & Republicans gear up for back door cutting binge in 2018.

By National Nurses United, NURSETALK We all knew this was coming and true to form Paul Ryan is busy preparing for Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid cuts this year. But as our Healthcare in America Senior Correspondent, Donna Smith says, the cuts may be subtle until after the mid-terms in November. Subtle but impactful including raising the age of retirement from 65 to 70, adjustments to Medicaid qualifications and other measures. Some changes could come as inclusions in other bills that are passed. "We must remain vigilant and involved", says Smith.

What Do These Three CEO’s Know About Healthcare? They Know It’s Not Working!

By Donna Smith, Executive Director - Progressive Democrats of America Our Healthcare In America Correspondent, Donna Smith gives her perspective on the Three Tenors aka the CEO’s from JP Morgan Chase, Amazon, and Berkshire-Hathaway announcing they are forming a new healthcare company signaling the symbolic end of the ACA-reform era. What do we know, what do they know and what if anything does this do to the National Single Payer movement?

Support for California’s Healthy California Act (S.B. 562) will not stop!

By NurseTalk Earth to Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon! Nurses never give up and neither will millions of Californians who support Single Payer Healthcare. By now it’s no secret the California Senate passed S.B. 562 on June 1 but it was then blocked from moving forward in the Assembly by Speaker Anthony Rendon. After a great deal of pressure from bill supporters to allow the bill out of the Rules Committee, he instead created a “Select Committee" that has no legislative authority. Supporters remain steadfast in their efforts to pass S.B....

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