Protesters demand better health care from Michelle Obama’s former employer

Protesters are gathering today outside the University of Chicago’s new hospital building to demand a trauma center for adult residents who live in the neighborhood near the hospital. They accuse the University of ignoring the needs of low-income minorities who live in Chicago’s south side. Police have been called in, and at least four arrests have reportedly been made.

The University says it has good reasons not to re-open its adult trauma center. At the same time, there is truth in the protesters’ claim that the University has attempted to exclude low-income and uninsured patients.

That effort, which went under the banner of “Urban Health Initiative,” was spearheaded by none other than First Lady Michelle Obama, who was the hospital’s vice president for community and external affairs at the time. She was generously compensated for her efforts.

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) blasted Mrs. Obama’s program, expressing “grave concerns that the University of Chicago’s policy toward emergency patients is dangerously close to ‘patient dumping.’”

As Twitchy’s Michelle Malkin wrote in her book, Culture of Corruption: “Favoring the wealthy over the poor while posing as guardians of the downtrodden? Hey, it’s the Chicago way.”

Here are some of the protesters’ photos:

  • PAttyconservatopia

    Doesn’t Chicago have some of the toughest gun laws in the country? I thought that was supposed to bring down violent crime numbers………..

  • Garth Haycock

    Michelle Antionette Obama says “Let them eat cake.”

    • GTJessop

      Based on her nutrition zeal, one would think she’d say “DON’T let them eat cake!”

      • RblDiver

        More like “Don’t let them eat cake. Give it to me!”

  • jacksonjay

    If they show-up at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. we can take them seriously! The Obamas have washed their hands of the Chicago dirt!

  • BeeKaaay

    They’ll NEVAH protest Michelle “let them eat cake” Obama. NEVAH! :)

  • Hearns-Jackson-Hagler-Jones

    You know I never saw people go at Laura Bush but Obama’s whole family is fair game.

    • J.N. Ashby

      You never saw Lil’ Bush?

    • ceyanne

      And what exactly WOULD they have gone after Laura Bush for?

      • annan

        anything…senseless like may be marrying stupid…

    • lainer51

      Dougie, Dougie – your avatar is so “you”

  • J.N. Ashby

    Well they can’t force them with protest. They’re a private…oh wait…

  • Brett McMicken

    everyone knows that those protesters are all racists.

  • Brian Harris

    Police throw protester to the ground at U Chicago protest demanding more trauma centers on the south side… I see those gun laws are working out!