Denied Knowledge of Her Condition, Former Cancer Patient Jo Joshua Godfrey Confronts CIGNA at Their Office Doorsteps

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Denied Knowledge of Her Condition, Former Cancer Patient Jo Joshua Godfrey Confronts CIGNA at Their Office Doorsteps

Brave New Films and SEIU Launch Online and Offline Action Urging Comprehensive Health Care Reform that Includes a Public Option

SEATTLE - On the heels
of President Obama's speech on health care reform, Brave New Films and
the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare 775NW stage
a protest on CIGNA's doorsteps. SEIU's action follows the launch of
Brave New Films' second installment of Sick For Profit at http://sickforprofit.com.  Following the viral first installment which had over 200,000 views, this installment of Sick For Profit contrasts CIGNA executives' lavish lifestyles with CIGNA's systematic denial of care to its policyholders.

To view the video, please click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4TsaHmtgfA

This
video launch will accompany SEIU Healthcare 775NW's rally outside
CIGNA's office in downtown Seattle, where over 400 senior caregivers
and their clients will be joined by other community allies.  Long-term
care workers and their allies will demand an end to CIGNA's opposition
to a public option and call for quick action to pass legislation
ensuring access to affordable health care for all Americans.

Leading the rally will be CIGNA policy holder Jo Joshua Godfrey, who was featured in the CIGNA Sick for Profit
video. According to Jo Joshua Godfrey, CIGNA hid her cancer from her
for a year and a half in order to avoid paying for her care. Despite
the numerous claims and letters that were written on her behalf, CIGNA
continued to deny her condition and care.  Jo Joshua Godfrey formed the
group United Patients of America in order to continue her battle and
let others know that they are not alone in their fight.

"I
would go to CIGNA and they would tell me I had bronchitis and give me
medicine and send me home. Then the CIGNA Director called me up and she
told me that there was nothing wrong with me at all.  I called the
doctor, and I came with my film and my CAT scan and he just put it in,
it took exactly thirty seconds. He told me, 'You have cancer,' and he
said the reason CIGNA did not want to give you your records is they've
known right way back for years that you have cancer and they're not
going to treat you." Jo Joshua Godfrey

Private
health insurance companies have vehemently lobbied against
comprehensive health care reform, spending upwards of $1.4 million per
day to ensure the bottom line that supports their lavish lifestyles.* 
CIGNA executives, for example, dine using gold plated flatware and
travel via CIGNA's two corporate jets.  CIGNA CEO Edward Hanway's
Five-Year Compensation Totals $120.51 million (as of 4/30/2008), and
his Total Value of Unexercised Options come to $28,881,000 (Forbes.com).

*Washington Post, July 21, 2009

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