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Contact: Barb Brady
(St. Paul) – August 24, 2018 – The Board of Directors of the Minnesota Nurses Association has voted to endorse Congress member Keith Ellison in his bid to be Minnesota’s next Attorney General. Nurses based their decision on Ellison’s years of continued support for healthcare and justice policies and confidence that Ellison would use the Attorney General’s office to act as the consumer advocate that fights to increase Minnesotans’ access to affordable and accessible health care.
“Keith Ellison has literally been with nurses every step of the way,” said Mary C. Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association. “Keith has walked with us on the picket line and stood up for healthcare for all, worker rights, a livable wage, and taxes on Wall Street. He’s always been there.”
While in Congress, Ellison has been a sponsor of the Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1144/S. 434) that establishes a tax on the sale of bonds, stocks, and derivatives to fund environmental protections, healthcare, and student debt relief. The Minneapolis Congressional member also became the lead sponsor of the Medicare for All bill (HR 676), which would establish a Single Payer healthcare system.
“MNA looks forward to working with Ellison and the Attorney General’s office on issues like the non-profit status of health care plans, more transparent medical billing practices, and ensuring that drug companies and health insurance companies are putting the patient at the forefront of their work,” Turner said.