The president needs to be aggressively pushing a jobs bill along with healthcare. This country is smart enough to tackle both difficult issues at once. Besides, there is some synergy working on jobs and healthcare at the same time.
Obama should push jobs, too
Jobs and healthcare are not just tied together from an economic perspective, but from a health perspective. Lack of good work is emotionally devastating for people, causing increased stress on family systems, affecting children and school systems, etc. The lack of human dignity and stress are as devastating on the health of the individual and the nation. And let’s stop looking at past jobs. Yes, we need bridges and roads, but we also need high-speed rail, alternative forms of energy, cutting-edge technology in schools and hospitals.
Let’s put bright Americans to work in jobs of the future. Let’s get training programs up and running that allow young people to travel and work globally so they learn about the world at the same time they are doing something productive. And let’s not forget about green technology, but most of all water. Let’s put people to work to figure out how to maintain a clean, safe, abundant supply of water for the nation. Working people are physically and mentally healthier people.
Susan M. OhlsonClinical instructorDirectorOffice of Continuing StudiesInstitute for Healthcare InnovationUniversity of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing
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