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My post yesterday aimed at getting health care supporters to see that the time is more than ripe for getting out in the streets to support real reform. A crucial moment will come when the house ( as expected) passes a bill that embodies a strong public option--and the senate doesn't. I think many of us would trek to Washington to rally around a bill that's reasonably progressive. But meanwhile, there are signs of grassroots organizing that may have potential. The big coalition supporting the administration healthcare reform is HCAN. Tomorrow in many cities, they plan what may be some good theater. If you know when and if Santa Barbara will be site for such protests (they are planned in waves over the next few weeks) let us know!
Nearly 200 "Big Insurance: Sick of It" Protests Happening Nationwide on Tuesday
Health Care for America Now Partners to Protest Insurance Companies; Demand They Stop Denying Care
Washington, DC - On Tuesday September 22, 2009, Health Care for America Now (HCAN) partners will hold a "Big Insurance: Sick Of It" day of action nationwide to highlight private health insurance industry abuses and call for reform that guarantees good, affordable health care and includes the choice of a strong national public health insurance option.
MoveOn.org Political Action is leading more than 100 events across the country. Other Health Care for America Now coalition partners are spearheading an additional 80 events, including 30 organized by SEIU. Three flagship events will be taking place outside major insurance company headquarters in Minneapolis (United HealthCare), Indianapolis (WellPoint), and Philadelphia (Cigna). Wendell Potter - the former Cigna executive who has been speaking out against the insurance industry - will be attending the event in Philadelphia.
Two other large-scale actions will take place in Hartford, CT - the insurance capital of the nation - and in Milwaukee, WI where WellPoint CEO Angela Braly is delivering the keynote speech at Marquette University's annual Business Leaders Forum luncheon.
As the health care reform debate rages on in Washington, the protests will highlight how Americans are suffering every day because of the profit-driven policies of the health insurance industry. People wronged by insurers will share their personal stories, and in some instances, protesters will read the stories of those who are no longer with us due to insurance company abuses.