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Movement to Forgive Health Care Workers' Student Debt

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I'm not sure if many are aware at this point because we are all so busy caring for our patients and trying to keep each other safe and informed at the same time.... but I think it is important to know that there is a growing movement to forgive health care workers' student loan debt, which I know would lift a lot of stress off of our shoulders.

The cost of doing so, would be a fraction of the cost of the most recent 2.2 trillion dollar CAREs ACT passed by congress, and Rep Maloney is introducing a bill, and MoveOn has a petition with close to 500K signatures as of now. There are an estimated 7 million healthcare workers in the US. Lets do our part, sign the petition, share it with your co-workers, family, and friends who are looking for ways to help. Stay safe and keep up the work of a hero!

https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/forgive-student-loan-debt-for-doctors-nurses-and-health-professionals

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/04/09/movement-forgive-health-care-workers-student-debt

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/doctors-covid-19-student-loan-forgiveness_n_5e887a85c5b6e7d76c64a30f

Major networks are now starting to cover this movement. We can help make it happen. Think how many nurses we can mobilize to make this happen. SIGN the petition and let your co-workers, friends and family know. They want to help and show their gratitude.

https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/forgive-student-loan-debt-for-doctors-nurses-and-health-professionals

or use: tinyurl.com/thankhealthcareheroes

New NBC article: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/these-medical-workers-are-tackling-coronavirus-they-re-also-saddled-n1182211

A Hit With The Ladies, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

I'm in NP school and will be borrowing money to the hilt if this is true!

HiddenAngels

Has 7 years experience.

yes please, instead of 🍕🍩 🍪

HandsOffMySteth

Has 3 years experience.

I owe soooo much money from college loans. This would be a lifeline.😺

Delia37, MSN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 15 years experience.

1 hour ago, HiddenAngels said:

yes please, instead of 🍕🍩 🍪

...Now, Now...we nurses know how to multitask; we can have both...

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

8 hours ago, Delia37 said:

...Now, Now...we nurses know how to multitask; we can have both...

I like the way you think!

Something to consider: once the government pays out for education, they will pay the salaries too. Anyone here ever worked in public health? I have! Pay sucks and the whole system is run much worse (to the detriment of the patients) than private home health. There will be strings attached. How about passing legislation that says federal money will NOT be given to schools who charge more than a reasonable amount for education? It’s the universities that need to be spanked. Not the American Tax Payer!!

How about make student loans illegal? What would that do the the cost of education? The problem is a practice called USERY. It’s literally slavery.

Maybe public health should be better funded.

A system that pays for free whatever- will automatically incentivize the increase cost of whatever good or service it is.

Our nation could have the money for public healthcare, and a million other great civil works, but not until we grab the cancer at ROOT.

We must hold the people/ policies/principalities/ powers accountable who/ that are responsible for the problems! The userious banking cartel that strangles every piece of our society by the collection of interest on debt is the PROBLEM.

all other attempts at solution play into the hands of those who stand to profit off of debt.

Emergent, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 28 years experience.

I'll agree to this if I'm reimbursed for the money I paid for my children's higher education.

A Hit With The Ladies, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 5 years experience.

@Emergent I've been paying out of pocket every semester so far. Figured that since I make decent money as a nurse why should I borrow for NP school when I can pay outright and not get charged interest?

I actually borrowed a lot for the Summer semester, well in excess of tuition. Got the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan. The Feds have suspended payments and lowered the interest rate to 0% until Sept. 30. So basically I just borrowed all this money which I don't have to pay interest on for months on end. This is an awesome deal.

But having these loans forgiven would be icing on the cake!

7 hours ago, A Hit With The Ladies said:

@Emergent I've been paying out of pocket every semester so far. Figured that since I make decent money as a nurse why should I borrow for NP school when I can pay outright and not get charged interest?

I actually borrowed a lot for the Summer semester, well in excess of tuition. Got the Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan. The Feds have suspended payments and lowered the interest rate to 0% until Sept. 30. So basically I just borrowed all this money which I don't have to pay interest on for months on end. This is an awesome deal.

But having these loans forgiven would be icing on the cake!

Contact DeVos, although she supports that profit center personally so...

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

Okay, but what about all of the other people who are invaluable to society and also have debt? Not paying my bills would certainly "lift a lot of stress", but that's true for everyone.

My education was an investment that I will benefit from. I'm not sure I'm comfortable insisting that everyone else pay for it.

Of course if anyone here wants to pay my debts off, 😍😘❤️

14 minutes ago, Sour Lemon said:

Okay, but what about all of the other people who are invaluable to society and also have debt? Not paying my bills would certainly "lift a lot of stress", but that's true for everyone.

My education was an investment that I will benefit from. I'm not sure I'm comfortable insisting that everyone else pay for it.

Of course if anyone here wants to pay my debts off, 😍😘❤️

Forgive it all.

Free college for everyone.

Sour Lemon

Has 9 years experience.

23 minutes ago, toomuchbaloney said:

Forgive it all.

Free college for everyone.

I wish, but "free" things have to be paid for by someone at some point.

2 minutes ago, Sour Lemon said:

I wish, but "free" things have to be paid for by someone at some point.

Just the same people who pay for endless war and bailouts for the "too big to fail".