Over a thousand people crammed into Terry Shrunk Plaza Saturday morning for the “Health Insurance Reform Now” event, part of a nationwide campaign to push Congress to adopt sweeping changes to the country's health care system.
“How can we pay for two wars in the Middle East, but not be able to provide my cousin with health care?” asked Tom Chamberlain
, president of the AFL-CIO. “As a nation, and a people, we should be ashamed.”
At one point the crowd began to chant, “What do we want? Health care! When do we need it? Now!” as Attorney General John Kroger
stood by in support. Check out the flannel.
“My wife and I are very passionate about this,” says Dan Robertson, who was passing out fliers with President Barack Obama's message for health care reform. “My sister-in-law has been working for the same company for 10 years, and even now is finding trouble providing health care for her family.”
Beth Ann Nyssen, a registered nurse at Providence Health, came to the event wearing her scrubs. “I work in the orthopedics department, and I have seen so many patients that come in with two-weeks-old broken bones,” she says. According to her, the patients are unable to pay for health insurance so they wait until their injuries are much more severe than when they started. “Everyone has the right to go somewhere and have their wounds treated without fear,” she says.