Earlier this year, the Maryland Insurance Administration approved premium rate hikes for individual and group rate plans by an average of 33 percent, marking the fourth consecutive year where rates have experienced a double digit increase.
Comprised of more than 185,000 members nationally, including more than 4,000 in the DC Metro area, National Nurses United is a leading healthcare advocacy organization for both patients and nurses.
In response to the endorsement, Jealous said the following:
“I’m honored to receive this endorsement from National Nurses United as we work to build a broad and diverse coalition to stop rising premiums and ensure every Marylander has healthcare,” Jealous said. “We can no longer afford to leave our healthcare in the hands of Donald Trump and congressional republicans, who have demonstrated they are willing to make the system worse if it means they can attack Barack Obama’s legacy. As Governor, I will work for a Medicare For All system in Maryland because I believe it is the best way to support families and small businesses who continue to pay more and more for a healthcare system that provides less and less each year.”
Kenneth Zinn, National Nurses United’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Director said the following:
“Larry Hogan has repeatedly turned his back on the people of Maryland who desperately need new leadership in Annapolis. Ben Jealous is the bold, progressive, visionary leader Maryland needs to move forward in the 21stcentury.
“We are excited to work with Ben to ensure inclusive prosperity, quality healthcare, a clean environment, quality education and so much more for Marylanders,” he continued. “Nurses are eager to campaign for Ben around the state to help elect him as our next governor.”
National Nurses United endorsement comes as Jealous continues his Courage to Lead Tour across Maryland, where throughout September and October his campaign has announced endorsements from individuals and organizations committed to moving Maryland forward.