House Democrats unveil legislation to forgive student loans for health care workers

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      N2Doc
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      Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would create a loan forgiveness program for frontline healthcare workers. 

      The Student Loan Forgiveness for Frontline Health Workers Act, which is cosigned by nine other House Democrats, seeks to establish a federal and private loan forgiveness program. All medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, medical residents, interns and technicians would be eligible.

      “Health care workers are worrying about their own health and how it will affect their families,” Maloney said in a statement. “They should not have to worry about their financial security after the crisis has passed.”

      In March Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) introduced a bill that would include widespread student loan forgiveness, but capped it at $30,000 and was applied only to public loans. The bill introduced this week does not have a cap, though Maloney said a bill directed toward first responders is more likely to gain bipartisan support. 

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      https://thehill.com/homenews/house/496319-house-democrats-unveil-legislation-to-forgive-student-loans-for-health-care

      More divide tactics by the Vichies. Paying off medical school debt for doctors is a huge giveaway to the 1%.

    • #312470
      salemcourt
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      Introducing bills are easy, however, it will not go anywhere with the current Democrats.  This bill, however, has a chance since it provides huge benefits to the very rich doctors as @N2doc says.

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      djean111
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      I am gonna assume that there will be a lot of hoops to jump through.  Also gonna assume that this is the only thing House Democrats will ever do for forgiving student loans.  And yes, IMO, pandering galore.

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      game meat
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      During a time where there is unprecedented unemployment, depression level demand at food banks, and millions of (real) small businesses on the verge of collapse, the thing to do is to concentrate your efforts on providing financial relief to one of the only sectors that, is not only still working and receiving regular paychecks, but is mostly comprised of middle class and affluent professionals.

      That’s not to take anything away from the healthcare workers, but student loan relief for doctors and nurses is hardly a pressing issue relative to everything else going on.

      It’s so typical of the Democrats to waste time on problems that don’t exist while ignoring the ones that do.

    • #312478
      Tokenlib
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      What about grocery store workers, fast food workers and the other “essential” workers?  Let’s care about everyone for a change.  Yes healthcare workers are making sacrifices and afraid for their families, but they are not the only ones. To some extent, health care workers are the safer ones, where their administrators and management are not assholes, they have proper PPE and are trying to wear N95 masks and taking precautions.

      It’s the people in greater society where not everyone is taking precautions, where social distancing is not being practiced, where masks are not being worn or are not the best, where asymptomatic people are spreading the virus, it is the masses who need relief. They need relief to pay rent, mortgages, car payments, utilities and grocery bills.

      Rep Maloney and all those who will jump to sign on this legislation need to get their GOD DAMN priorities in order. Not to be a cynic, but this is just more crap trying to make themselves look good right now.

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      MizzGrizz
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      ..and therefore useless,

    • #312543
      closeupready
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      I support student loan forgiveness for all.  In addition, while health care workers deserve the respect and applause of the public for doing great, vital work, they are already paid very well, some of which is what is known as “battle pay”.

      So if Democrats want to push student loan forgiveness for everyone, great.  If they want to means test it, nope.  If they want to forgive student loans for one portion of those who get paychecks but NOT anyone else, nope.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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