Nurses, Doctors and Healthcare Workers to Urge Congressional Leaders: Show Us Your Plan to Keep America Covered

December 6, 2016

Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2016

Contacts: Sara Lonardo, SEIU: | (202) 730-7332
Rae Dunnaville, 1199SEIU: | (443) 800-1551

Healthcare workers to address resulting healthcare chaos if Republicans rush to repeal Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid Expansion and Insurance Protections

Washington DC - On Tuesday, December 6th at 12:00 pm EST, nurses, doctors and healthcare workers from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will host a telebriefing underscoring what’s at stake for Americans who depend on the benefits and protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite the disastrous consequences for working people, seniors and children, Republican leaders may rush to hold a repeal vote as soon as January.

Earlier in the day, 200 frontline nurses and healthcare workers will meet with congressional leaders to request their plan to keep 22 million Americans covered under the ACA, to prevent the loss of invaluable insurance protections for those with pre-existing conditions, and to highlight the devastating effects block granting Medicaid would have on seniors, children and people with disabilities.

Briefing participants include:

Debra Friedland, RN, an inpatient nurse for 23 years at St. John’s Hospital, Rockaway, New York.
Anestine Bentick, a clinic worker at South Boston Community Health Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
Debra Jeje, an emergency room patient care coordinator at United Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Gabe Montoya, an emergency medical technician at Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

To join this telebriefing on December 6 at 12:00 pm EST, please reply to to receive dial-in information.


The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unites 2 million diverse members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. SEIU members working in the healthcare industry, in the public sector and in property services believe in the power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the wealthy.