Press Release

Nurses Join Rep. Pelosi, Senators Schumer and Sanders for “Hands Off Medicare” Press Conf

Will Deliver Over One Million Petition Signatures to Reps. Ryan and McConnell Demanding they Protect Guaranteed Healthcare for Seniors

Registered nurses will join House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), along with seniors and activists for a press conference on Wednesday, Dec. 7, announcing the delivery of more than one million petition signatures demanding that President Elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) keep their hands off the American people’s earned Medicare benefits.

"The November election results did not give anyone a mandate to dismantle one of the most popular public programs in U.S. history, Medicare. As nurses we are absolutely opposed to Rep. Paul Ryan's schemes to destroy it by converting it into a program that further enriches the insurance industry and denies care to seniors because they can't afford it," said Jean Ross, Co-president, National Nurses United. 

"Medicare works and that's why we think it should be expanded so that everyone in our nation has access to quality care regardless of their ability to pay. Nurses will make our voices heard across the country in the face of the threat of privatization and profiteering off sickness which is at the heart of the Ryan proposal,” Ross said.


  • Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
  • Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
  • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
  • Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
  • Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL)
  • Nancy Altman, Founding Co-Director, Social Security Works
  • Rich Fiesta, Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Karine Jean-Pierre,
  • Sandra Falwell, RN, Vice-President, National Nurses United
  • Max Richtman, CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • Nancy Altman, Co-Director, Social Security Works 

What: Delivery of 1,000,000+ Signatures demanding that Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell keep their hands off Medicare.
Wednesday, December 7 at 11:00 a.m. (EST)
608 Dirksen Senate Office Building, First St NE, Washington, DC 20002
The press conference will be live-streamed on Facebook-link will be here:

The Petition signatures were collected by Social Security Works, CREDO,, Our Revolution, Alliance for Retired Americans, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, People’s Action, National Nurses United, JustCare, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.