Medical students organize 'White Coats for Coverage' protest to save ACA

Protests erupted on medical school campuses around the country Monday to defend the ACA, Stanford blog postreported from Northwestern University's school of medicine in Chicago.

Reuters estimates about 600 people were present at the protest at Northwestern University's school of medicine in Chicago. Demonstrations were part of the "White Coats for Coverage" initiative and took place the day before the deadline to enroll in ACA healthcare plans, according to the report.

Students at Stanford (Calif.) Medicine laid white coats on ground at a protest of about 100 students and faculty, according to a Stanford blog post. "We are covering our medical center with our coats to symbolically represent the need for coverage for our patients," said Stanford medical student Julie Barzilay, according to the blog.

Another 100-plus students, residents and faculty rallied at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. "We're are sending a key message that physicians support the ACA and support healthcare for our patients," one protestor said in a video shared on Yale School of Medicine's Facebook page.

In New York City, students from several universities joined protests, including Columbia University's medical school, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Events were organized by students.


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