Doctors and nurses rally to demand Medicare for All

Medicare for All rally

For decades, the American Medical Association has set healthcare back in this country by refusing to support universal healthcare. Now doctors, nurses and medical students are rallying in protest to demand the group back Medicare for All.

The American Medical Association, which only represents the voices of 25 percent of medical professionals in the United States, met in Chicago on Saturday and were greeted by a massive rally of their colleagues calling for Medicare for All, arguing that the current for-profit system violates the sacred oath that physicians should “do no harm.”

“The AMA is not fighting for their patients, they’re not fighting for the uninsured, and they’re not fighting for the underinsured,” Physicians for a National Health Plan President and Harvard Medical School instructor Adam Gaffney said. “We’re here today because the AMA is again on the wrong side of history.”

Indeed, the American Medical Association opposed Medicare in the 1960s and its membership has plummeted since the 1950s.

“The AMA is violating one of its most important ethical principles: ‘Do Not Harm,'” registered nurse Talisa Hardian said at the rally. “Healthcare is a human right, and not a privilege!”

Medicare for All is supported by 70 percent of Americans and is a major policy backed by several Democratic 2020 candidates, including Senators Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Republicans oppose the plan and have no real plan to improve healthcare.

Nina Turner, who leads Our Revolution, spoke at the rally.

“If you don’t believe Medicare for All is important, let’s hear from the people who stand by the bedsides of all of us in our worst moments and who have been its champion before it became popular,” she said. “We will not continue to accept mediocrity. We will not continue to accept excuses as to why the wealthiest country on the face of the earth cannot provide Medicare for All for its citizens. We will not accept it!”

Healthcare in other nations around the globe is dirt cheap and far more accessible compared to our own system. Just ask this American who went to the emergency room in Taiwan and walked away with only an $80 bill.

Other medical professionals supported the rally on Twitter.

This country has reached the breaking point on healthcare and is finally realizing that Medicare for All is the way to go to solve this most pressing issue. People should not have to choose between bankruptcy and saving their lives. It’s time for America to catch up to the rest of the world. Then we can truly say we have the best healthcare.

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