Medical Student National Actions For ‘Medicare For All’
Above photo: Members of the non-profit organization Physicians for a National Health Program rally in Chicago, outside Blue Cross Blue Shield, on April 12, 2014. They’re pushing for a nationwide single-payer health care system.
Citing the persistence of thousands of preventable deaths each year due to lack of health insurance, students at more than 25 medical schools will hold teach-ins, rallies and candlelight vigils on Oct. 1 (#TenOne) to bring national attention to ‘our failing health care system’ and the need for single-payer health reform.
United States – Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) – working in coalition with the American Medical Student Association, WhiteCoats4BlackLives, the Latino Medical Student Association, Universities Allied for Essential Medicine, and Pre-Health Dreamers – will hold teach-ins, rallies, and candlelight vigils to remember the millions of people in our country who remain uninsured, underinsured and underserved by our current health care system. We will also underscore the need for a more fundamental health reform – a nonprofit, publicly financed, single-payer health system.
The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not guarantee universal health care. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act is neither universal nor affordable. It will leave 30 million Americans uninsured and tens of millions underinsured, unable to afford needed care. Tens of thousands of people will continue to die every year just because they lack health insurance. Medical problems are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., and research shows nearly 80 percent of those declaring bankruptcy due to medical debt had insurance at the onset of their illness. Our patients need and deserve better.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. As medical students, part of our mission is to ensure that everyone who needs care gets it. One way to achieve this goal is by improving the Medicare program and expanding it to cover all Americans.
We urge our fellow students and the public to join us for this #TenOne: Medicare-for-All National Day of Action on Thursday, Oct. 1, to bring national attention to our failing health care system and the need for single-payer health reform.
#TenOne Local Events
*Participating campuses and their SNaHP chapter leaders are updated daily.
October 1, 2015 – All are welcome to participate in the following events:
Touro University California: Matthew Musselman [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine: Timothy Ryan [email@example.com]
Chicago Medical Schools Coalition:
UChicago: Scott Goldberg [firstname.lastname@example.org];
UIC:Kieran Holzhauer [email@example.com];
Rush Medical College: Jordan_Centers@rush.edu
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine: Jillian Caldwell [firstname.lastname@example.org]
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine: Lisa Wehr [email@example.com]
University of Louisville School of Medicine: Brandi Jones [firstname.lastname@example.org]
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine: Natasha Neal [email@example.com]
Boston University School of Medicine: Andy Hyatt [firstname.lastname@example.org]
University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth: Tim Roos [email@example.com]
University of New Mexico School of Medicine: Bryant Shuey [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Albany Medical College: Justin Pegueros [email@example.com]
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health: Michael Zingman [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai: Alice Shen [email@example.com]
SUNY Downstate: Keriann Shalvoy [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine: Vanessa Van Doren [email@example.com]
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine: Diana Alsbrook [firstname.lastname@example.org]
University of Vermont College of Medicine: Kelsey Sullivan [email@example.com]
University of Washington School of Medicine: Darius Fullmer [firstname.lastname@example.org]
This project was initiated by Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program (www.pnhp.org), an organization of more than 19,000 physicians, health professionals, medical and health professional students who advocate for universal, single-payer, improved Medicare for all.