By Richard Negri
More than 400 SEIU nurses took to Capitol Hill today to meet with their members of congress and deliver recommendations for the “super committee” describing the imminent danger of any additional cuts to Medicaid and Medicare.
Registered Nurses came to the Hill to let the supercommittee know that Republican recommendations on the table would harm the health of seniors, people with disabilities and children. If the Republicans’ suggestions are taken up, there will be some very real consequences of putting patients in harms’ way and simultaneously costing America even more jobs.
Twenty-seven year veteran nurse and 1199SEIU member Beth Burgess, RN from North Providence, Rhode Island, provided Congress with a “real life” perspective of the situation:
The Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has one of the busiest obstetrical units in the nation and serves many high-risk and poor patients. The women I care for are especially at high risk of delivering pre-term babies with very low birth weight.Additional cuts in Medicaid or Medicare would tragically impact the outcome of many women’s pregnancies. We as a country are listed as 29th in the world in infant mortality rates. This is not something we should be proud of and is not something that will improve if we make further cuts in Medicaid. It is time to look for other ways to balance the budget.”
Learn more about why healthcare and jobs go hand-in-hand at www.seiu.org/healthcare-jobs.