Years have already passed but Hilary Clinton’s bad remark about nurses is still in the minds of people. Especially now that she is running for presidency, rumors from the past is still haunting her.
In 1990, Hillary Clinton allegedly labeled nurses as ‘overpaid maids’ or ‘babysitters’ which drew flak by that time since there are a number of nurses in the US. At that time, she was the first lady. Snopes openly discussed this on their site.
In a 2008 discussion thread in AllNurses, a user seemed to be curious on how and where Clinton’s controversial statement sparked. The user posted the exact words: “OK, there are a lot of people at work saying that at some time Hillary Clinton said that nurses pay is way too high and that they are just glorified baby sitters. Has any one else heard this. I’ve looked at may sights on her and can’t find it. If she did say that, it needs to be made known. Nurses are a large voting population. I hope for her sake she didn’t say that. Is that part of her medical reform plan?”
Some say that they clearly remember Clinton’s remarks, except that they were not able to document it or quoted the exact words. Some also say that this all happened in 1993 where Internet was not a thing- the reason behind why it lacks documentation.
The bottom line is, as thoroughly discussed in Snope, most of the people who claim that these words came out from Clinton’s mouth did not actually hear this from her. There was no video of her saying these lines, no articles backing up her statement and no reliable sources have been claiming the remark.
One factor is that the rumored line was said years ago when technology was not yet fully developed but how come there were news about Bill Clinton’s disreputable 200 dollar haircut? This incident happened in the same timeline as Hilary’s alleged declaration.
Snopes included Hillary Clinton’s speech as a health advocate, which could be the trigger in spearheading the famous lame criticism against nurses. There were parts of the speech which could have been misinterpreted or warped to use it against Hillary Clinton.
The main objective of her speech was to make hospital processes more understandable for people and that doctors and nurses should focus on what they trained and studied for and that is to keep patients healthy and not to fill out forms. This is so far from accusations that Clinton actually said ‘overpaid maids’.
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has always supported Hillary Clinton in her presidency. In 2008 and now 2016, the organization endorsed Clinton to its 3.4 million registered nurses.
“Hillary Clinton has been a nurse champion and health care advocate throughout her career and believes empowering nurses is good for patients and good for the country,” said Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of ANA. “We need a president that will make it a priority to transform the country’s health care system into one that is high quality, affordable and accessible.”