Cancel Student Debt of Frontline Healthcare Workers, Say Some
A Congresswoman and a professor emerita at Indiana University have called for canceling frontline healthcare workers’ student debt, saying they are doing extraordinary service during the coronavirus pandemic.
Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney said on Thursday she plans to introduce a bill, Student Debt Forgiveness for Frontline Health Care Workers Act, proposing the elimination of graduate school debt for health care workers who are providing direct patient care in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Medical professionals in hospitals and other medical settings are operating in extraordinarily difficult and dangerous circumstances to provide care for critically ill COVID-19 patients and protect our communities,” said the Congresswoman from the 12th Congressional District of New York. “The least we can do to recognize their service is to forgive their graduate student loan debt so that they are not forced to worry about their financial wellbeing in addition to their health and the health of their families while they respond to a public health emergency.”