Students from the UNM School of Medicine will join medical students from across the country Thursday in a national "teach-in" and vigil, to remember millions of Americans who remain uninsured, underinsured and underserved by the current health care system.
The event on Oct. 1, sponsored by Students for a National Health Program, is meant "to underscore the need for a more fundamental health reform," organizers said.
"The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not guarantee universal health care," said Bryan Shuey, one of the students organizing the UNM event. "Unfortunately, the Affordable Care Act is neither universal nor affordable. It will leave 30 million Americans uninsured and tens of millions underinsured, unable to afford needed care. 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."
Thursday's event is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m on UNM's North Campus with a "teach-in." At 5:30 p.m., students plan to walk across Lomas Blvd to Popejoy Hall on UNM's Main Campus, where they will hold a rally and vigil.