On Tuesday, medical students from around the country joined together to stand in solidarity with the millions of Americans whose lives would be endangered by the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Students conducted teach-ins, rallies, and public protests to highlight the catastrophic consequences of repealing the ACA.
In addition to raising awareness, students demanded that members of Congress take a stand against repeal proposals that threaten the health and wellbeing of patients at risk. Collectively, students pledged to fight to protect and expand healthcare access for millions of Americans who depend on the law.
It is outrageous that Congress and the administration would act to cause 43,000 unnecessary deaths per year. Take a look below at some of the events and activities medical students participated in across the country as part of the effort to demand Congress #DoNoHarm.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Students took advantage of cancelled classes to participate in three workshops (letter writing, phone banking, and know-your-rights training) before attending a teach-in that focused on the effects of the ACA on patients and the harmful impact of repeal.
After spending the morning learning about the ACA, students marched to the New York City die-in where they formed part of the 300 medical students who participated. (c/o Reena Karani, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Morsani College of Medicine
Despite last-minute planning, over 15 students came together to call their representatives and demand they protect the ACA. (c/o Sarah Iqbal, email@example.com)
Weill Cornell Medical College
Students joined together in a march that ended in the Belfer Research Building for a “sit-in” before continuing to march to the New York City die-in. (c/o Chris Gamboa, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Western University of Health Sciences
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
University of Maryland School of Medicine
15 students came together to phone bank in support of the ACA and against the nomination of Rep. Tom Price. Students also started planning a Baltimore-wide community forum to discuss health justice and graduate student activism. (c/o Owen Lee Park, Owen.LeePark@som.umaryland.edu)
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Around 20 students joined together for a die-in in solidarity with patients endangered by repeal of the ACA. (c/o Dylan Hanami, email@example.com)
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Around 175-200 students joined together to rally together in support of the ACA. (c/o Kathryn Linder, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Over 50 students came together in a show of solidarity for patients who are threatened by repeal of the ACA. (c/o Elisa Giusto, email@example.com)
Geisel School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
41 students came together to write representatives in support of the ACA and discuss future activism efforts. (c/o Akshaya Arjunan, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University