(St. Paul) – February 12, 2016 – Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told Minnesota Nurses Association members the healthcare system doesn’t allow them to do their job. The Vermont Senator spoke at a private reception on Friday afternoon before attending the Humphrey-Mondale Dinner in St. Paul.
“When 29 million people have no health insurance, when many people have high deductibles and high co-payments, when we pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, you cannot do the job you are trained and dedicated to do,” Sanders said to the crowd of more than 80 nurses.
Many of these MNA members have held “Nurses4Bernie” events in Minnesota and Iowa to raise support for the only candidate who supports a Single Payer initiative. National Nurses United was the first major labor union to endorse Sanders’ campaign.
“That took courage, and I appreciate it very much, Sanders said. “You went out on a limb. You said we are serious people and we cannot continue to do our jobs without serious changes in the healthcare system.”
Sanders was introduced by MNA President Mary C. Turner and NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro. After the receptions, nurses braved sub-zero windchills to rally for Sanders with a demonstration outside the Minnesota Democratic Party fundraiser at the St. Paul RiverCentre.
Contact: Rick Fuentes