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To: Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and their chiefs of staff

Forgive student loan debt for doctors, nurses, and health professionals

In the next rescue/stimulus bill, Congress should include loan forgiveness for all health professionals because they are doing heroic and selfless service to our country. After World War II, Congress thanked our soldiers by passing the GI Bill so that they could get a college education. This would be the same.

Why is this important?

Health professionals carry crushing loads of student debt, from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now they are like soldiers in war, saving lives while risking their own and protecting the rest of us, and many have already died while doing their duty. Without the debt burden more would work in lower-paying specialties like family practice, or in underserved rural and urban areas. Society would benefit both in health and economically for many years to come, just as America benefited from the GI Bill.

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Reasons for signing

  • Mental health professional will be dealing with the impacts of this long after COVID-19 pandemic passes. We will are also underpaid "medical professionals" who are unseen because the majority of us don't work in a clinic/hospital enviroment. Mental health matters!
  • Licensed Professional Counselor providing mental health treatment during COVID19 to many people in crisis
  • Medical school leaves medical students like me in hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Nowhere else and in no other field do you have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to save lives. This will help get more medical students into primary care which benefits the whole healthcare system. Lastly, canceling loans will put more money into the pockets oh physicians and allow them to stimulate the economy with their buying power.

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