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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-26-09 01:57 AM
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"Profits Before Patients" - A REAL Grassroots Protest That Hasn't Been Covered By Any Of The MSM
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This short documentary takes viewers to a protest outside of an Anthem Blue Cross office building in downtown Los Angeles, a company who denies coverage to one in five people, continues to raise premiums, and retain record amounts of compensation for its CEOs. Produced by Lyn Goldfarb in association with Ramblin' Man Films.

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Short clip of a "Billionaire" protesting (you've gotta love the little girl's sign):

Demonstrators Converge on California's Blue Cross Headquarters

About 300 protesters gathered in front of Anthem Blue Cross' San Francisco headquarters September 22nd to bring attention to the company's opposition to health care reform. Demonstrators converged on California's Blue Cross office before noon and continued their loud protest for over two hours. They set up two sound systems, one for entertainment that playfully mocked the health insurance company's large profits, a second for speakers who told emotional stories of their problems with denied claims and treatment at the hands of one of the nation's largest insurers.

Satirizing the wealthy lifestyle of investors who profit from health care companies, a street theater group called Billionaires for Wealthcare gave speeches insisting that profits must be considered before the needs of people. They aped the rich with fake diamonds, golf clubs and top hats, and hoisted a placard reading "Blue Cross/Palin 2012". Following the Billionaires' exuberant performance, speakers, including real doctors and patients, took to a second sound system to chastise Anthem Blue Cross for what one person called the company's "unforgivable arrogance".

Later while the gathered crowd marched around the building chanting loudly, fifteen delegates from the protest attempted to enter Anthem Blue Cross' 13th floor office in the Embarcadero Center with a list of demands. Blue Cross personnel refused to open the door but listened to the delegates through an intercom, giving no response. The Billionaires, who joined the delegation to the high rise headquarters, insisted that they be allowed to enter the office saying, "after all, we OWN you." They were also rebuffed.


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HappyCynic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-26-09 03:27 AM
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