Medical students to hold National Day of Action for ‘Medicare for All’ on Oct. 1

September 28, 2015

Mark Almberg, (312) 782-6006,
See student contacts at 30 medical schools at end of this message


Citing the persistence of thousands of preventable deaths each year due to lack of health insurance, students at more than 30 medical schools across the country will hold teach-ins, rallies and candlelight vigils on Thursday, Oct. 1, to bring national attention to ‘our failing health care system’ and the need for single-payer health reform


Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program – working in coalition with the American Medical Student Association, WhiteCoats4BlackLives, the Latino Medical Student Association, Universities Allied for Essential Medicine, California Health Professional Student Alliance, and Pre-Health Dreamers – will hold teach-ins, rallies, and candlelight vigils at more than 30 campuses to remember the millions of people in the U.S. who remain uninsured, underinsured and underserved by our current health care system. They will also underscore the need for a more fundamental health reform – a nonprofit, publicly financed, single-payer health system.


Thursday, Oct. 1, various times (see the #TenOne Facebook page for individual event details, or contact students at participating schools – see list below)


Medical students other health professional students, along with allies on their campuses and from surrounding communities. The public is welcome to attend.


Medical schools and a few public venues across the country, including but not limited to the list at the end of this advisory.


The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not guarantee universal health care. Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act is neither universal nor affordable. It will leave 30 million Americans uninsured and a comparable number underinsured, vulnerable to financial distress in the event of illness. Sharply rising deductibles and copays are deterring the insured form seeking care, and skyrocketing drug prices are putting medications out of reach. Tens of thousands of people will continue to die every year just because they lack health insurance. Medical problems are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the U.S., and research shows nearly 80 percent of those declaring bankruptcy due to medical debt had insurance at the onset of their illness. Our patients need and deserve better.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare. As medical students, part of our mission is to ensure that everyone who needs care gets it. One way to achieve this goal is by improving the Medicare program and expanding it to cover all Americans. There is a bill in Congress, H.R. 676, that would do precisely that.

We urge our fellow students and the public to join us for this #TenOne: Medicare-for-All National Day of Action on Thursday, Oct. 1, to bring national attention to our failing health care system and the need for single-payer health reform.

For more of the thinking behind the #TenOne initiative, including patient stories, please see these posts on SNaHP’s official blog by medical students Vanessa Van Doren and Bryant Shuey.

Media visuals: Many of these events will have medical students in white coats, candles for evening vigils, signs and banners. In some cases there will be rallies with multiple speakers.

#TenOne Local Events

Teach-ins, rallies, and candlelight vigils

*Participating campuses and their SNaHP chapter leaders are updated daily.


Coordinator: Angelica Ramirez, California Health Professional Student Alliance
Touro University California: Matthew Musselman
UC Berkeley: Ana Ibarra 
UC Davis School of Medicine: Umer Waris, Keyon Mitchell, Callum Rowe
UC Irvine: Michelle Crespo
UCLA: Jonathan Gomez
UC San Francisco: Nicolas Barcelo
UC San Diego (undergraduates and medical students): Firooz Kabir 


Chicago Medical Schools Coalition:
University of Chicago: Scott Goldberg
University of Illinois at Chicago: Kieran Holzhauer
Rush Medical College: Jordan Centers
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine: Jillian Caldwell 


University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine: Lisa Wehr


University of Louisville School of Medicine: Brandi Jones


University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine: Natasha Neal


Boston University School of Medicine: Andy Hyatt


University of New Mexico School of Medicine: Bryant Shuey


PNHP NY METRO (coordinators): Becca Mahn and Katie Robbins

Albany Medical College: Justin Pegueros
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Tauhid Mahmud and Dahlia Kenway
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health: Michael Zingman
Cornell University (Ithaca): Christine Liu
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai: Alice Shen
New York University School of Medicine: David Wang and David Collins
SUNY Downstate: Keriann Shalvoy 
Weill Cornell Medical School: Claire Kenney 


Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine: Vanessa Van Doren 


Philadelphia Medical Schools Coalition:
Temple University: Emily Kirchner
University of Pennsylvania: Tony Spadaro and Dorothy Charles


Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine: Aron Haire
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine: Diana Alsbrook
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine: Mitchell Hayes


University of Vermont College of Medicine: Kelsey Sullivan


University of Washington School of Medicine: Darius Fullmer