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U.S. Healthcare in a Glance

U.S. Healthcare in a Glance

The percentage of adults with no health insurance is the highest on record, 17.3 percent of adults as of the third quarter of 2011. Three years ago, in the third quarter of 2008, only 14.4 percent of adults lacked health insurance. More »

Of Taxes and Real Entitlement

Of Taxes and Real Entitlement

Robin Hood rides to France. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has followed through on his promise to put before parliament a financial transaction tax – calling it a “Robin Hood Tax” – of 0.1% on stock trades to commence in August, according to reports. Absent from the tax: bond sales. Sarkozy also proposed raising the basic consumption tax (VAT) by 1.6 percent, to 21.2 percent, and upping by 2 percentage points the taxes paid on financial profits. His proposed targets of new revenue: an increase in construction of low-income housing and creation of an “industry bank” to make cheaper loans to small and medium companies. More »

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

If there is one enduring message from the past year, it is that the days of silent suffering are over for the millions of Americans who continue to face a daily struggle to survive while Wall Street high rollers have yet to be called to account for ruining our economy. By: RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director National Nurses United More »

The Politics of Lowered Expectations

The Politics of Lowered Expectations

Ezra Klein, the bright, young, economic policy columnist for the "Washington Post" believes that Obama came out ahead last year in the "administration's bitter, high-stakes negotiations with the Republicans in Congress." More »

TAKE ACTION! Stop the Assault on Your Scope of Practice!

TAKE ACTION! Stop the Assault on Your Scope of Practice!

Just think how drastically your nursing practice would change for the worse if your patients’ caregivers or family members were allowed to give them medications in the hospital? That is just one of many recent changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as conditions of participation. More »

New study: Jobs crisis promotes rationing of care

New study: Jobs crisis promotes rationing of care

A new NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation survey released today documented again the direct link between the economic crisis – you know the one Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman now says we ought to start calling a Depression – and families undermining their health. More »

Texas Tragedy Reminder of a Job for Robin Hood

Texas Tragedy Reminder of a Job for Robin Hood

In a year of ghastly stories from the economic implosions on Main Street, this one might have been the worst. By: NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro More »

Nurses Lead Solidarity Actions “Across the Pond” from 2 million striking British workers

Nurses Lead Solidarity Actions “Across the Pond” from 2 million striking British workers

As more than 2 million nurses, teachers, paramedics and other workers held the largest strike in over three decades across Great Britain, National Nurses United, joined by other union members, held energetic support rallies in six U.S. cities to show solidarity with their embattled British counterparts. More »

Solidarity Messages from the U.S. to the U.K. - Nov. 30, 2011

Solidarity Messages from the U.S. to the U.K. - Nov. 30, 2011

"I stand with you in spirit. I am unable to attend a rally. As a Registered Nurse for the past 43 years, and as a Human Being on this planet, we all deserve respect. I myself face living in poverty at retirement. Can't we all support each other? I think we can. Keep up the fight!" Read the collection in this NNU tribute blog post to UK nurses and public workers fighting to save their pensions. More »

In the Public Interest by Ralph Nader

In the Public Interest by Ralph Nader

"Here, look at this handsome L.L. Bean catalog and tell me what you want for Christmas," said a relative over Thanksgiving weekend. I started leafing through the 88 page cornucopia with hundreds of clothing and household products, garnished by free gift cards and guaranteed free shipping. More »

Tax on financial transactions needed

Tax on financial transactions needed

By: John Karebian, executive director of the Michigan Nurses Association - A tax of less than one percent on activities like stock trades and derivative sales could raise up to $350 billion to immediately put people to work and protect essential safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. More »

FTT: RX for a Sick Economy

FTT: RX for a Sick Economy

By Rose Ann DeMoro - Amidst the scourge of inequality sweeping the world, marked by continued profits, pay-outs and record levels of cash hoarding -- the spoils of the 1% -- one group has come forward with a remedy, refusing to stand down. Nurses from four continents gathered at the G-20 Summit last week to tell world leaders that time is running out: revenue is needed now and the starting point is a global finance tax. More »

Historic NNU delegation to G20 protests in Europe

Historic NNU delegation to G20 protests in Europe

NNU has entered a new era in becoming part of an international campaign to advocate on behalf of not only our patients and Main Street communities at home, but people in crisis around the world, and to hold Wall Street and other global financial institutions accountable to heal our nations. More »

Nurses at the front lines of an economics debate? You bet your health!

Nurses at the front lines of an economics debate? You bet your health!

MINN--From Madison to Wall Street, from St. Paul to Washington D.C., people are seeing nurses dressed in red scrubs, holding not a stethoscope but a megaphone. We are carrying signs. We are marching en masse. And we are raising our voices. This may seem unusual behavior for our profession, but in truth, our history is deeply rooted in social advocacy, as well as the bedside advocacy you’ve come to trust. We’re doing more because we must. More »

Thank you to RNRN volunteers at Occupy protests

Thank you to RNRN volunteers at Occupy protests

Once again, members of the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) and National Nurses United (NNU) have answered the call to volunteer their time, energy and expertise, this time to provide basic first aid services at the Occupy Wall Street protest sites across the country. More »

Nurses to Obama: Push for a Global Financial Transaction Tax, Now!

Nurses to Obama: Push for a Global Financial Transaction Tax, Now!

By RoseAnn DeMoro – Will President Obama be the main holdout when world leaders, under growing pressure from the occupy Wall Street protests across the world and demand building for a tax on international financial transactions, meet early next month at the G-20 summit in France? More »

PSI nurses to deliver message to G20 leaders in Cannes

PSI nurses to deliver message to G20 leaders in Cannes

World leaders who gather for the G20 economic discussions in Cannes, France in early November will get fiscal advice from an unexpected group – nurses, who will prescribe the immediate application of a financial transaction tax for the economic health of communities everywhere. More »

The barricades are beginning to quiver

The barricades are beginning to quiver

Inside the barricading bubbles surrounding the Wall Street plutocrats and the Washington oligarchs who service them, there must be worry. After three years of disclosed “lying, cheating and stealing” as one prosecutor put it, with nary a visible stir from the masses, suddenly the barricades are beginning to quiver. More »

Massachusetts Nurses Demand Super Committee Support Jobs, Not Cuts

Massachusetts Nurses Demand Super Committee Support Jobs, Not Cuts

Resolution #1 "In Support of Protests Demanding the Super Committee Support Jobs Not Cuts", of the Massachusetts Nurses Association annual business meeting, October 6, 2011, passed overwhelmingly. More »

CNA members: Nurses protect patients

CNA members: Nurses protect patients

Genel Morgan, RN and Rita LaBarge, RN - To suggest that nurses who fight to provide safe care every minute of every day are using the death of one of our patients for our own gain is genuinely disturbing. One only has to view the video of the candlelight vigil held honoring Judith Ming to recognize palpable grief in all of our faces as we honored the life of a patient caught in the crosshairs of a system gone awry. More »

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