Nurse.org - January 14, 2020
The union has pledged its support and is asking nurses to organize with them.
The country’s largest union of Registered Nurses, the National Nurses United (NNU), has endorsed Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, citing both support for his policies and its desire to stop what they dubbed the “disastrous policies” of the current Trump administration.
“The public trusts nurses to advocate for their best interests, and union nurses trust Bernie Sanders to advocate for the entire country on the issues that matter most to RNs, patients, and working people!” the NNU declared in a post on Facebook.
This is Why Does NNU’s Endorses Sanders
Back in November 2019, the NNU announced its endorsement of Sanders at an official event, citing their support based on the presidential candidate’s focus issues. For instance, one of the NNU’s primary interests lies in Sanders’ pledge to enact Medicare for All. According to Sanders, the Medicare for All plan would establish a single-payer national health insurance program that would not cost patients receiving health care services, along with no copays or deductibles and an annual cap of $200 on medication costs.
“We are so proud that together, in 2016, Bernie Sanders and NNU elevated Medicare for All to the national mainstream, where it has advanced to a top 2020 presidential race issue,” said NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN, in a press release. “Nurses are beyond tired of watching our patients suffer and die needlessly, simply due to inability to pay, and we know Bernie Sanders is and has been, leading on Medicare for All through his advocacy and Senate legislation.”
The NNU also backs Sanders’ history of pushing for legislation for federal nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, workplace violence protections for nurses, and more support for the Veterans Health Administration. In addition to the policies that directly affect nurses, the NNU has also voiced praise for Sanders’ other plans that include a climate-based Green New Deal, programs for racial and gender justice, immigration reform, and, of course, college for all and canceling student debt. ...
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