NEW ORLEANS- Wearing their white coats and following a brass band, these future doctors and health care professionals walked South Galvez and Tulane Streets to New Orleans City Hall. They changed and shouted for Universal Health Care.
"I think advocating for the most vulnerable patients is so important," Medical student Page Ashley Campbell said.
"We put a man on the moon. We can insure everyone in our country," Vanessa VanDoren said.
They're demanding national healthcare for everyone.
"When you look at countries that have single-payer systems, they spend a lot less on healthcare than the United states does. We spend more on healthcare than any other country in the world," Medical student Ashley Duhon said.
"There are too many people who are very, very sick who are delayed care because they can't afford it. And I think that's completely unconscionable and we shouldn't be doing that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world," VanDoren said.
"We are a new generation of doctors. I think for a while, doctors have been very apolitical. Or like, not really being the ones making the decision about our actual healthcare access. And I think that needs to kind of change," Medical Student Shirlene Obuobi said.
Not everyone agrees with the students.
U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise released a statement regarding health care, saying:
"Making quality health coverage affordable for Louisiana families continues to be a top priority of mine. Obamacare was a total failure which increased costs and forced millions of Americans to lose the good coverage that they liked. As we work to bring healthcare costs down, it's obvious that socialized medicine is the exact opposite of what we need. The vast majority of Louisiana families understand this and are firmly against a one-size-fits-all, government-run health care program controlled by unelected bureaucrats in Washington. Working with President Trump, we made real progress recently by eliminating Obamacare's costly individual mandate, but there's still more work needed to repair the damage Obamacare did to our healthcare system. In my role as the House Majority Whip, I helped pass a bill that repeals Obamacare and replaces it with expanded choices that lower premiums and puts families back in charge of their health care decisions. I won't stop working until Louisiana families get the affordable coverage they deserve." - Rep. Steve Scalise (LA-01)
"It seems radical, but most other countries have a universal system. We're one of the only ones that's not doing this. So it seems radical but it's actually catching up with the rest of the world," VanDoren said.
It's a push and a fight these students are striving for, believing this change in the system could help save more lives by the time they step into the emergency room.