March 11: Burn Your Health Insurance Bill Day

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March 11: Burn Your Health Insurance Bill Day

Sitting in front of your computer won't do it.  

Watching C-Span won't do it.

E-mailing your member of Congress won't do it.  

We're going to have to get off the couch.   

And directly confront the three branches of our government.

 

Obama's White House.  

The Democrat-controlled Congress.  

And the for-profit health insurance corporations.

To help us get the job done, we have created Single Payer Action.  

Our purpose - direct action to demand a single payer health insurance system in the United States.

  

First action: Wednesday March 11, 2009, 10 a.m.    

A group of activists will protest in front of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. (1150 22nd Street, N.W. Either Dupont Circle Metro or GWU/Foggy Bottom Metro.)

   

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the main Washington lobbying group for the health insurance corporations.    

AHIP will be meeting at the hotel to discuss plans to derail single payer. (http://www.ahip.org/links/policy2009/)

   

We will be protesting outside.    

Demanding an end to an industry that causes at least 18,000 deaths a year (that's the estimate of Americans who die every year due to lack of health insurance.)   

Single payer would be Medicare for all.

   

It would give health insurance to every American citizen.    

No deductibles.    

No co-pays.    

No in network.    

No out of network.    

Everybody in.    

Nobody out.    

And that would mean free choice of doctor and hospital.

   

Anywhere in the United States.    

The majority of Americans support single payer.    

The majority of doctors support single payer.    

Only the rip-off health insurance corporations and the politicians they fund are opposed.

   

Why?    

Under single payer, health insurance corporations as we know them will be driven out of business.    

At the demonstration, some of us will burn our health insurance bills.    

It will be a symbolic act.

   

Single payer legislation (HR 676) will effectively make it crime to sell basic health insurance for profit.    

Single payer will be the equivalent of the death penalty for health insurance corporations as they exist.

   

So, pass the word.    

Join single payer action.    

March 11, 2009.    
10 a.m.    
Ritz-Carlton Hotel    
1150 22nd St. N.W.    

Bring your health insurance bills.    

We'll bring the matches.

Russell Mokhiber

Russell Mokhiber is editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter.  He is also founder of singlepayeraction.org, and editor of the website Morgan County USA.

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