Hofstra Northwell joins nationwide demonstrations
In the wake of new U.S. administration promises to abolish health care reform, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine students joined forces with the Protect Our Patients movement on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 to protest the possibility that millions of Americans may lose their health care coverage if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.
Part of a national day of action on medical school campuses, students throughout the country conducted teach-ins, rallies, and public protests to highlight the possible consequences on healthcare if the ACA is repealed. Gathering at noon, nearly 65 Hofstra Northwell students showed their support by donning white coats and posting handwritten sentiments on a banner that questioned the justice of ACA repeal.
“We want to promote an environment here at Hofstra that encourages being informed and engaging with our community,” said Pratiksha Yalakkishettar, a second-year student and one of three organizers. “As community members and future physicians, we want to develop the tools for civic engagement and communication in order to better serve our patients.”
A larger demonstration, called The Health Care “Die-In,“ was held in late afternoon in Manhattan. The protest included students and faculty from NYC-based medical school campuses, as well as students from Hofstra Northwell.