Monday, March 23, 2009

Nurses Defend 'Kill Old People Cheap Act'

Posted By on Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 1:59 PM

click to enlarge We are ashamed of ourselves for ever questioning the integrity of these nurses.
  • We are ashamed of ourselves for ever questioning the integrity of these nurses.
The nursing home industry rounded up a bunch of nurses and marched them to the Capitol today for a media event to promote the Kill Old People Cheap Act. The bill is supposed to come up in a House subcommittee tomorrow. Pith in the Wind confesses that we're confused. We thought nursing homes were trying to escape accountability for abusing their patients by limiting their liability in lawsuits. We have even implied that campaign cash is somehow influencing legislators sponsoring this bill.

But it turns out, as we learned today, this bill actually would stop greedy out-of-state lawyers from harassing nurses who are only doing their best to help nursing home residents in their twilight years. And honestly, these nurses love these patients just like their own granny and paw-paw. It's not the Kill Old People Cheap Act. It's the Choose Care Act.

As her colleagues surrounding her got all weepy, one nurse, Marilyn McClain, gave a fiery speech to the press:

"It's alleged that we are abusive. It's alleged that we are neglectful. Nursing used to be an honorable profession. But now we have to defend ourselves. No one wants to feel demeaned. No one wants to feel belittled. These nurses have a sincere desire to help people, not hurt people. You don't have to hold us accountable. We hold ourselves accountable. Every nurse has a right to stand up and fight."

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