As Supreme Court justices listened to arguments on the Affordable Care Act this week, thousands gathered in Washington, DC to show solidarity and support for the landmark legislation. SEIU nurses and healthcare workers turned out en masse on Tuesday to rally in front of the Supreme Court and voice their support for ObamaCare.
Here's what SEIU Local 1991 member Norberto Molina, a Registered Nurse at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL, had to say:
I was very proud to join the crowd of nurses, doctors, women, parents, and young people in front of the United States Supreme Court. I had not been part of demonstrations that large before and I was so proud to see so many of our SEIU sisters and brothers up there.
The diversity of our group was impressive. It's an American thing. If you are trying to advocate for a law that is for Americans, you want to look like America so that comes across to the people that see you on the street, as they drive by, or on national TV.
Our people out there today were a real reflection of America. The other side was not.
I realized over the past few days that I am pretty knowledgeable about Obamacare and I realized how important it is to pass that along, both as a nurse and as a union member. As nurses, we can put the law into perspective. As nurses, we have real stories to share.
Until we can do that, people will not connect. The law will remain an abstract thing.
This is such a rewarding experience that I want to share everything that I have learned here and share the enthusiasm I have at this moment so that we can all keep the momentum going. So I will share with you what I shared with my friends on Facebook who were sending me encouragement and support over these past few days: 'I am doing this for all of us.'
Read more about RN Molina's work to educate other nurses and patients about the healthcare law.
More photos from the March 27th rally outside the Supreme Court on SEIU's Flickr set here.