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Published on May 1, 2012
Members of the groups #OWS Healthcare for the 99%, Demand A Hospital, and Hands Off St. Vincent's demonstrated outside of the O'Toole Building, the site that is set to become a first aid clinic, which politicians and the billionaire Rudin Family propose to replace St. Vincent's Hospital.
Community groups cite the closure of St. Vincent's Hospital as a public health crisis. The closing of the hospital has left more than a million residents, guests, and tourists on Manhattan's Lower West Side without either a full service hospital or a Level 1 Trauma Center. Doctors, nurses, and patients will picket and stage a die-in to symbolize those who will die without access to necessary healthcare in the U.S.
While New York City, New York State, and the Medicaid Redesign Team make budget cuts to healthcare and close more and more hospitals, activists question why real estate developers and healthcare corporations can make large profits. In the face of public healthcare budget cuts and irresponsible and dangerous hospital closings, activists are organizing around the idea that a truly universal, single-payer healthcare system is the only viable option that will provide healthcare for all.