Deborah Burger

Deborah Burger is a registered nurse and a co-president of National Nurses United

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 8:13am
Let’s Talk about a Real Healthcare System (And, No, I Don't Mean "Obamacare")
Let’s talk about healthcare. I don’t mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean healthcare, as in: If everyone needs healthcare, guarantee that everybody gets it. I know, when it comes to healthcare, it’s easy to get into a debate for or against Obamacare. But we nurses see the world through a different lens: our patients.
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Friday, May 17, 2013 - 8:50am
Hospitals Should be Care Providers not Loan Sharks
If there is one problem that symbolizes the ongoing national healthcare emergency, it is the rampant price gouging in the healthcare industry that continues to price too many Americans out of access to care and into financial ruin. Not only is the problem not solved by the Affordable Care Act, but it is a likely reason many will continue to demand more effective reform, as in expanding and extending Medicare to cover everyone.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 6:31am
Lew’s Latest Shows US Increasingly Out of Step in Holding Wall Street Accountable
How far behind the rest of the world can we continue to fall on holding the Wall Street traders and tycoons to account for the mess they made of our economy? The sharp contrast Monday between the Obama administration and Europe in statements about a financial speculation tax shows the gap appears to be widening.
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Monday, February 25, 2013 - 2:20pm
Nurses Oppose the KXL Pipeline – and All of Labor Should Too
Noticeably absent from President Obama’s “fix-it-first” program for rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure, highlighted in his State of the Union speech, is, so far, the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. Let’s keep it that way.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 6:54am
Time to Act Now To Restore Our Ravaged Mental Healthcare System
Registered nurses across the country mourn the loss of life marked by the shooting of innocents in Connecticut. This should be a clear wake up call for the White House, Congress, and state and local legislators to take action to address causes of the violence, including restoring the devastating cuts that have occurred to mental health services across the U.S.
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Monday, August 27, 2012 - 2:32pm
Healing Our Health Care System
The vast scale of America's health care system is daunting. Maternity wards, emergency rooms, and other facilities operate around the clock at most of the nation's 4,000 hospitals. Registered nurses form the backbone of this system, providing triage and treatment.
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Monday, October 31, 2011 - 8:27am
Tax Wall Street to Heal America
National Nurses United, America's largest union of RNs, is sounding an alarm.
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Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 8:12am
The Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America
Mister Cellophane 'Cause you can look right through me Walk right by me And never know I'm there... -- from 'Chicago' (the musical)
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Friday, March 25, 2011 - 3:25pm
Want to Cut the Deficit? Restore Fair Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy
If the deficit hawks in Congress are serious about righting our economic ship and reducing deficits in the federal budget and many state capitols, it would we worth listening to the voices rising from the streets suggesting a very different solution than more cuts in safety net programs, education, pensions, and worker’s rights.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 3:11pm
More Insurance Will Not Solve Our Health-Care Woes
You can tell how far off track the discussion on health-care reform has gone when the idea of forcing everyone to buy corporate health insurance is sold as "universal health care." That has been the crux of the debate between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over what is called individual mandates. She's for it, he's against it.
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