Nurses and Doctors Call for “Florence Nightingale Day Protest” Against Max Baucus and Health Insurers: May 12
Baucus Again Calls Senate Finance Hearing Without Information on “The Nurses’ and Doctors’ Plan” for Healthcare Reform: Single-Payer Healthcare.
What: Activist registered nurses and physicians are calling for a “Florence Nightingale Day Protest” against Sen. Max Baucus and his Senate Finance Committee hearings on healthcare. The hearings include representation from health insurers—but not from the majority of the nation’s RNs and MDs, who support the kind of single-payer healthcare financing proven successful in Europe, Canada, and Asia.
When: Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 a.m….the 189th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Where: Outside Dirksen Senate Office Building, 1st St. @ Constitution Ave., Washington, D.C.
Who: The protests are called by activist caregivers and patients from the Leadership Conference on Guaranteed Healthcare, including the California Nurses Association, National Nurses Organizing Committee, and Physicians for a National Health Program.
Why: May 12 is Florence Nightingale’s Birthday — an opportunity to honor her advocacy of health care by protesting Congressional hearings that have been stacked in favor of the big insurance companies while silencing the voices of nurses and doctors who favor guaranteed healthcare, as in a single payer, expanded Medicare for all system with a single standard of quality care.
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee is asking nurses and doctors in the region to attend these hearings “and support the guaranteed, single-payer health care reforms that our nation desperately needs,” said Deborah Burger, RN, CNA/NNOC co-President.