For Immediate Release
Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246, 415-559-8991 (cell)
Citing "Midnight Rules" to Erode Health and Safety, Nurses Unveil New Website to Send Bush Packing
CALIFORNIA - As President Bush seeks to push through a flurry
of new regulations, many of which will especially adversely
impact healthcare services and workplace safety, the California
Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee today
unveiled a new website inviting web browsers to help "send Bush
The site offers an interactive game highlighting some of the
"midnight rules" - last minute regulatory changes -
the Bush administration is seeking to cement in place in its
CNA/NNOC is inviting those who visit the sendbushpacking.com
website and play the game to sign an online petition to Bush to
"tell him to do no more harm and rescind the rules that
undermine our healthcare, public protections, and workplace
Healthcare, workplace safety, and environmental protections
are major targets of the proposed rule changes, "many of which
could seriously undermine access to care, workplace safety and
workers' rights, and the environmental safeguards Americans
depend on," said CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann
"On Nov. 4, American voters send an emphatic signal that they
want change from the policies of the past eight years. It is
disgraceful that the Bush administration wants to squeeze in
even more of its rejected practices in its final hours in
office," DeMoro said.
Some national pundits have said it is time for President Bush
to get off the world stage. New York Times columnist Gail
Collins wrote Nov. 22, "Can I see a show of hands? How many
people want George W. out and Barack in?"
One day later, columnist Thomas Friedman sounded a similar
note: "If I had my druthers right now we would convene a special
session of Congress, amend the Constitution, and move up the
inauguration from Jan. 20 to Thanksgiving Day."
Among the new regulations:
- A reduction in outpatient services for low-and
moderate-income people covered under Medicaid, likely to mean
cuts in such basics as dental and vision care, diagnostic
screenings for children, and lab and ambulance services.
- Reduced access for reproductive and family planning care
through a new rule permitting workers to refuse to perform
abortions, dispense birth control pills, or even provide
emergency contraception in rape cases.
- More stringent rules on employees' use of the Family and
Medical Leave Act which allows workers to take unpaid leave to
take care of sick family members.
- Revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration
regulations that make it more difficult to limit on-the-job
exposure to toxic chemicals.
- Numerous environmental changes that would permit oil and gas
leases on public lands, more air pollution near national parks
and forests, increased dumping by mining companies into streams,
and erosion of the Endangered Species Act.
Representing 80,000 RNs in 50 states, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee is the largest and fastest-growing association of direct-care RNs in the nation. Learn more at www.calnurses.org.