Fighting for Obamacare
Since the election of President Donald Trump in November, medical students at Yale have joined with others around the country to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Yale Healthcare Coalition held rallies, organized phone banks to contact politicians, wrote opinion pieces for their hometown newspapers, and met with Connecticut senators and representatives. Their elation when the Republican Congress failed to repeal the ACA in March turned to disappointment in May, when a replacement bill, the American Health Care Act, narrowly passed. The students vowed to continue fighting for health care for all. “It is important to remember,” said student Karrin Weisenthal, “that this isn’t an intellectual debate. There are real people and real lives that are going to be paying the price of this vote.”
On Jan. 9 medical students gathered on the steps of the Sterling Hall of Medicine to take part in a national moment of silence in support of the ACA.