BOSTON – National Nurses United, a national union of near 185,000 members is out campaigning for Bernie Sanders on Super Tuesday. The largest professional association of registered nurses in the country’s history endorsed Sanders supporting his platform of healthcare for all.
NNU Co-President Karen Higgins was out on the campaign trail with Sanders on Monday evening speaking at a packed rally at Milton High School.
“We as nurses understand how important access to high-quality affordable healthcare is for every American,” Higgins said.
The Massachusetts native and registered nurse drew an important distinction between having accessibility to healthcare and having quality care.
“Health insurance is not the same as healthcare in this country.” – Karen Higgins, NNU Co-President
Higgins said nurses support Sanders as he was the only candidate who would ensure the fundamental right of healthcare to every citizen in the country.
Sanders welcomed his first national union endorsement from the powerful healthcare workers union spoke of the importance of nurses as the primary patient care providers.
“Everyone knows that nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system.” ~ Sen. Bernie Sanders
The NNU is comprised of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee and United American Nurses. The MNA boasts 23,000 members in the Commonwealth alone.
A WBZ-UMASS Amherst poll released on Monday revealed the race between Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as a dead heat with Clinton ahead by just one point,
Republican front-runner Donald Trump is expected to win the state by a wide margin polling ahead of challenger Sen. Marco Rubio (Fl) by 32 points.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. in Massachusetts one of 12 states welcoming voters on Super Tuesday. Polls will remain open until 8 p.m.
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on March 1, 2016.