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Democrats Propose $50 Billion Plan To Train And Hire Public-Health Nurses

via PBS NewsHour

The proposed legislation by Congressional Democrats aims to inject $50 billion into the training and hiring of public health nurses over the next decade.

This initiative is intended to address the shortage of nurses, improve working conditions, and enhance health outcomes in underserved communities.

The bill is supported by Rep. Melanie Stansbury and Sen. Ed Markey, and it seeks to provide funding to state, tribal, and local health departments, prioritizing areas with high rates of chronic disease and poor access to healthcare. (Trending: Dr. Fauci Says the Unthinkable About Going To Church)

“You hear it everywhere you go… The wait times in some cases are months or even into the next year,” continued Stansbury.

“It truly is in a crisis,” she warned.

“It was no fault of the hospital or the wonderful nurses and doctors who did care for her,” said Stanbury, recalling her mother’s 72 hour wait for a hospital bed.

Revealing, “It was the actual shortage of staff that led to the delay and a really traumatic experience we had.”

Sen. Markey said the pandemic, “laid bare the cracks in the foundation of our public health infrastructure, and it’s long past time we build it back up.”

Rep. Melanie Stansbury said “Part of why people are leaving the workforce is they’re burned out.”

Adding, “In many instances they feel like they’re not being valued.”

“There’s a lot of intractability [in Congress] around things that cost money,” explained Stansbury.

Stansbury said her bill would create “a surge of funding to get nurses and health care workers into our communities at the grassroots level.”

She added, “We don’t have an alternative. This is literally a life-or-death matter for our communities that we address these health care shortages.”

The bill also includes provisions to support unionization of nurses and healthcare workers.

Despite the significant cost and potential opposition from Republicans, proponents are hopeful that the proposal could be included in a larger legislative package to address the pressing healthcare shortages.

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