October 10, 2009
We all know the American health care system is broken and that our nation deserves much better. Despite a national debate on health care - real reform is in jeopardy. The insurance companies are spending millions to confuse and scare the public to keep us from ending their grip on our health and our money. With tea bagger town hall protestors and the right-wing noise machine on one side and elected officials from both parties putting insurance industry profits ahead of the necessity of the people, the defenders of the status quo are winning. We can't let that happen. That's why the Mobilization for Health Care for All launched a campaign of "Patients Not Profit" sit-ins at insurance company offices to demand an end to a system that profits by denying people care and puts insurance company bureaucrats between doctors and patients.
The private health insurance companies make billions in profit and millions for their CEOs while millions of Americans have no health insurance and over 45,000 die every year because they can't get the care they need. That's more than 120 people dying every day.
In cities across the country on October 15th, people will put our bodies on the line to challenge the real death panels. We will enter the offices of the major insurance companies and demand that they cover the care they are denying to their members. We won't leave until they do - or we're arrested. Visit MobilizeforHealthCare.org and sign up.
If you participate in an action, email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story with us and we'll put it up on our website!
Don't forget to bring the Healthcare not Warfare message with you! Print out HEALTHCARE NOT WARFARE on a 8.5x11 pink sheet of paper and pin it to your shirt! Easy as that. You can use our talking points too!
It only takes a small group of people to do a sit-in in your community, but our actions can inspire every American who has been abused by the insurance companies and believes it's time for real reform to stand up and fight for it. If you are a patient who has been denied care, sign up and let us know. If a friend, neighbor or relative has been denied care urge them to contact us. This campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience will continue until the insurance companies no longer stand between the American people and the health care that is our right.
The CODEPINK Team in solidarity with Mobilize for Health Care