The National Nurses United (NNU) endorsed Marie Newman’s congressional campaign this week, adding to the growing excitement building for her campaign. The organization joins a rapidly-growing list of progressive organizations and labor unions backing Newman in her efforts to take back the 3rd district for women and families. With over 150,000 members nationwide, NNU is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses known for their strong record of promoting the interests of patients and advancing collective bargaining rights for direct care nurses and patients across the U.S.
“Americans trust nurses and nurses trust Marie Newman to be deeply committed to our nurses values: caring, compassion, and community,” said Martese Chism, RN, and member of the Board of Directors of National Nurses Organizing Committee, NNU’s Illinois affiliate. “Medicare for All can make the difference between life and death for millions of our patients and Marie’s passion for campaign finance reform will place the voices of people over the money of corporations.”
The “Medicare for All” campaign is in line with the Dean of US Senators, Dick Durbin, who announced this past June that he wants to see the United States eventually implement a “Medicare for all” type health care program.
At a news conference at Presence Covenant Hospital in Urbana this past June, the Illinois Democrat acknowledged that while it isn’t politically feasible now to pass “Medicare for All”, it will be if Democrats are able to retake Congress and the Presidency, which are now controlled by Republicans.
“Nurses are the backbone of our community and our most trusted advocates. Not only do we rely on nurses to care for our loved ones, but they are on the front lines of the fight to expand medicare coverage for all Americans, negotiate collective bargaining rights for hardworking RN’s everywhere, and fight for legislation and protections that will keep us all safe and healthy,” said Marie Newman. “I could not be more proud to earn their endorsement and continue our partnership working together to ensure healthcare coverage for women and families across the 3rd district.”
Marie Newman has swiftly built strong progressive momentum, landing endorsements from progressive groups and leaders across the board. Newman’s race has been recognized nationally as one of the top races to watch in 2018 as she takes on anti-choice and out-of-touch Rep. Dan Lipinski.