12:45 PM Eastern - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Nurses On Capitol Hill: "NO CUTS!" #the-healthcare-law

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PHOTO: SEIU RNs called a "Code Blue" on Congress with rally in front the RNC headquarters on October 19th.
CREDIT: David Sachs, SEIU

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.

SEIU Nurses gathered outside the RNC headquarters staged the mock death of an emergency room patient to call attention to the devastating consequences cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would have.

SEIU nurses outside the RNC staged the mock death of an emergency room patient to call attention to the devastating consequences cuts to Medicare and Medicaid would have.

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.

SEIU RNs met with Senator Harry Reid to discuss how nurses and members of Congress can work together to educate healthcare providers and patients about the benefits of the healthcare law.

PHOTO: SEIU RNs met with Senator Harry Reid to discuss how nurses and members of Congress can work together to educate healthcare providers and patients about the benefits of the healthcare law. CREDIT: David Sachs, SEIU

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."

Nurses prepare to deliver their hand-written letters to their members of Congress.

Nurses prepare to deliver their hand-written letters to their members of Congress.

Take a minute to click over to the nurse's recommendations to Congress and help spread the word with these brave nurses by writing your member(s) of Congress a letter to focus on jobs, not cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Check out the Flickr set with many more photos from the October 19th day of action here.

Learn more about why healthcare and jobs go hand-in-hand at www.seiu.org/healthcare-jobs.

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