Statement from National Nurses United Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN: Ways and Means Committee Hearing on Medicare for All a historic moment in the fight for health care reform
Following today’s hearing on the Medicare for All Act of 2019 in the Ways and Means Committee, Bonnie Castillo, RN, Executive Director of National Nurses United (NNU) has issued the below statement:
“Today’s Ways and Means Committee hearing on Medicare for All puts us another step closer to guaranteeing quality health care for everyone. As nurses, we work tirelessly to care for our patients. Every day, we see our patients make heartbreaking choices between getting the care they and their children need or paying rent; buying insulin or buying food. Nurses find this health care crisis unacceptable and inhumane, and we say, ‘No more.’ Nurses, physicians, and health care activists are taking on insurance, Big Pharma industry groups and others, like the American Medical Association, who are standing in opposition to Medicare for All. We urge Congress to ignore these corporate special interests that have a vested interest in the status quo and side with the people to guarantee safe, therapeutic health care for every person in the United States.
All the recent organizing by the grassroots movement for Medicare for All is working and pushing Congress to understand that Americans want and desperately need guaranteed health care for all. This third congressional hearing is another signal that Medicare for All is the only solution to the health care crisis. National Nurses United and its allies will continue to work with members of Congress and we urge Congressional leadership to take up this issue in a serious way and pass the Medicare for All Act into law.”