May 21 Rally at State Capitol

21 May

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Great job today by MNA nurse Trilby White!

HEALTH CARE BUDGET SPEECH – MAY 21ST, 2011 – Trilby White, RN

My name is Trilby White and I’m an acute care nurse.

I live in Birchwood, which is a suburb of north of St. Paul.

I’m speaking to you today as a private citizen who wants to share my perspective about the consequences this budget will have on the most vulnerable Minnesotans and their families.

As healthcare providers, we know that health promotion and disease prevention IS NOT ONLY THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO KEEP COSTS DOWN – IT IS ALSO THE MOST HUMANE.

THE FACTS ARE: Providing patients and their families’ access to primary health care services SAVES LIVES AND IT SAVES MONEY.

It also protects human rights and human dignity.

As a nurse, it is not hard to assess those patients who are poor, indigent, or unemployed.

Patients who have no health insurance,

No primary care doctor.

Don’t have yearly checkups.

Get mammograms, colonoscopies, or screened for skin cancer.

They don’t go to the dentist and they don’t see an eye doctor.

These patients’ bodies are ravaged by years of living with undiagnosed and untreated chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, mental illness and chemical dependency.

These people come to our hospitals sicker and they stay longer.

They come not only physically broken but emotionally and financially as well.

THESE PROPOSED CUTS TO HEALTHCARE ACCESS AND SERVICES DOES NOT SAVE YOU OR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA MONEY!

THIS BUDGET COSTS MONEY…HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN MEDICAL EXPENSES THAT COULD BE AVOIDED WITH PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE AND SCREENING.

Majority legislative members have told us this budget is about cutting the cost and size of government that has become bloated by the burden of caring for those who are not willing to care for themselves.

They invoke images of people who want a free ride at the expense of hardworking, taxpaying Minnesotans.

BUT THIS COULD BE NO FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH.

THE FACT IS – this budget is about a political agenda to dismantle our state government and our way of life in order to protect profits and wealth for a privileged few Minnesotans.

IT IS ABOUT PROTECTING THE WEALTHIEST 2% of our population, earning over $300,000 a year and who have unfairly influenced our political process to their advantage.

Minnesota has a reputation of being progressive.

We have one of the most respected and thriving healthcare communities in the country, possibly in the world.

Our hard-work ethic is a critical part of our recipe for success, as is our history of social justice, human kindness and inclusiveness.

This budget fails miserably in addressing the needs and desires of the vast majority of Minnesotans:

– IT DOES NOT ​Cut taxes​Improve schools​Fix bridges or streets
– Or protect the environment
– AND IT CERTAINLY DOES NOT provide ADEQUATE HEALTHCARE for our young, disabled and elderly.
THE ONLY THING THIS BUDGET DOES – IS IT PROTECTS THE BOTTOM-LINE OF THE WEALTHIEST AND MOST PRIVILEGED OF MINNESOTANS.

THE TOP 2%, WHOSE TAXES ARE TEMPERED BY UNFAIR POLICIES THAT ENRICHEN THEM AT THE EXPENSE OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS.

WE MUST UNITE TO PROTECT OUR BOTTOM-LINE:

PROVIDING FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MINNESOTANS IS NOT NEGOTIABLE!

WE DON’T NEED TO CUT HEALTH CARE SERVICES DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS.

WE NEED TO FUND HEALTH CARE FAIRLY!

EVERY MINNESOTAN MUST SHARE IN THIS RESPONSIBILITY –

EVERY ONE SHOULD PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. THANK YOU.

One Response to “May 21 Rally at State Capitol”

  1. Naomi English MPH, RN May 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Powerful message from Trilby. I’ll bet we all have those thoughts when we stop and let ourselves think about what we do and who we see every day. It is a privelige to take care of people. But, we need some support from the public and from the electeds.

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