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"Sick of Big Insurance"
Council 4's Kathy Jackson waves the American flag in front of Aetna.
"Big Insurance: Sick of It."
Supporters of real health care reform delivered that message loud and clear Sept. 22 during a protest at Aetna's corporate headquarters in Hartford. The Connecticut chapter of Health Care for America Now! sponsored the rally as part of a nationwide day of action to spotlight the insurance industry's well-funded opposition to providing quality, affordable health care to every American.
"There is a battle going on in America," said Peter Thor, Council 4's Director of Policy and Planning. "On one side: the American people. On the other: Insurance companies, just like [Aetna]. If the insurance companies win, we all lose. As the health insurance industry focuses on blocking affordable health care, people who aren’t covered and can’t get health care are dying—one American every 12 minutes."
From left: AFSCME's Matt Brokman, SEIU's Art Perry (playing Aetna CEO Ron Williams) and Council 4's Peter Thor.
“The health insurance companies are spending $641,000 a day to oppose reform because they profit by keeping the system exactly the way it is,” said Tom Swan from Connecticut Citizen Action Group. “They take our money and then deny claims; raise premiums, co-pays, and deductibles at will; fabricate pre-existing conditions; and refuse to cover the treatments our doctors prescribe. Enough is enough.”
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