45 Hour Vigil at Blue Shield, 2275 Rio Bonito Way begins 10pm October 31! TONIGHT! & *Please Join us on Monday, November 2 at 10 AM* at Blue Shield office Building, off Friars Road at 2275 Rio Bonito Way
From Jerry Malamud 50CA:Please Join us on Monday, November 2 at 10 AM at Blue Shield office Building, off Friars Road at 2275 Rio Bonito Way
Is there anything scarier than thinking you might need medical care, and getting canceled by a health insurance corporation who spent your premiums on TV ads & lobbying?
45 Hour Vigil at Blue Shield, 2275 Rio Bonito Way begins 10pm October 31.
Sit-in protest and demands presented Blue Shield on Monday November 2nd, at 10:00am.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, 10/29/2009
National Contact: Lacy MacAuley Tel: [masked], Email: [address removed]
San Diego Contact: Sylvia Hampton, Tel: [masked], [address removed]
San Diegans Confront Health Insurance Giant
Activists and Policy Holders to Present Demands to Blue Shield
SAN DIEGO, CA ? As the national debate on health care sharpens, a San Diego health care reform
group plans to demonstrate at the Mission Valley offices of Blue Shield health insurance company.
Through non-violent action, the group hopes to highlight what they perceive is one of the fundamental
problems with the US health care system ? abusive business practices of for-profit insurance corporations.
The actions are part of a national groundswell of civil disobedience at health insurance company offices
to end insurance abuse and win health care for all. So far 115 people have been arrested in 18 cities
demanding real health care reform that treats health care like a human right, not a commodity.
Following an overnight vigil outside the 2275 Rio Bonito Way offices of the health insurance company
Blue Shield, San Diegans will gather on the morning of Monday, November 2nd, to address their concerns
with corporate officers. The group will address that the health insurance corporations, including Blue
Shield, together spend millions of dollars annually on advertising, lobbying, and massive campaign
donations to political candidates. The group demands that Blue Shield?s CEO immediately cease those
expenditures, which ?come directly from the premiums we pay, ? according to the group.
?The enormous amounts of money you?ve seen health insurance corporations lavishing on members of
Congress, on non-stop TV ads, and advertising is killing us. Where do they get the money they spend to
rig debate about the health care system? By denying care to those who need it most ? in California one
out of every five treatments is denied an insurance company, resulting in denial of treatments and deaths,?
said organizer Jerry Malamud, ?They get their lobbying dollars by jacking up our premiums at quadruple
the rate of inflation, and denying essential care to policyholders. Americans are being made to foot the
bill for their own enslavement to this corrupt for-profit system. We say ?Enough!??
Addressing their concerns directly to Blue Shield CEO Crystal Hayling, participants in the action are
prepared to stay until their demands are met, braving detainment and arrest. As another organizer noted:
?We think the national health care debate needs to focus on the real problem ? the for-profit insurance
corporations who don?t actually provide care. We demand that they fundamentally change the way they
do business, and next Monday, we?re prepared to stay as long as that takes.?
Participants in the action are supported by the Single Payer Action Coalition, ?SPAC? and members of
Progressive Democrats of America, as well as allies in nursing, education and labor. The demonstration
taking place in San Diego is coordinated with the nation-wide Mobilization for Health Care for All, which
is in the midst of a wave of sit-ins and civil disobedience spanning 19 cities.
Although the planned civil disobedience action carries a risk of arrest and prosecution, Malamud and
others are undeterred. ?Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us that passive
obedience to an unjust and corrupt system has no place in a truly moral democracy. We look forward to
confronting the insurance corporations and CEOs, and to changing our world for better.?
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