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Yesterday, Florida Alliance members joined with allies in the progressive and labor communities outside of a Palm Beach Humana office to protest the company’s recent mailings that falsely warned seniors that their benefits would be cut by health insurance reform. Florida Alliance president Tony Fransetta and AFSCME’s Willie Pouncy Jr. led a rally outside the building, but when they and other activists tried to deliver an open letter to the insurance giant, they were rebuffed and had a door closed in their face by a Humana official.  

FLARA President Tony Fransetta reported:

Attendees followed by press then entered the Humana insurance office to deliver the letter from FLARA to the branch manager. After a lengthy wait of over 20 minutes, Mr. Perry (branch manager) arrived and asked group to exit the Humana business office.  Once in the hall of the office building Mr. Perry reluctantly accepted the letter, which had been blown up to poster board size.  Mr. Perry then expressed some hostility, turned on his heel and went back inside the Humana office - all but slamming the door in the messengers' faces.

Watch the interaction here [video by AFSCME]:

Originally posted to New Path to Middle Class on Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 08:43 AM PDT.

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  •  I remember when I was in college (1966-70) (1+ / 0-)
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    people braver than me were sitting in at draft boards and places like Dow Chemical's offices, protesting the tens or hundreds of thousands of people a year being killed in Vietnam by our military, some by napalm that Dow made.

    Last spring Max Baucus had folks arrested for trying to speak truth to power at his committee.  
    Yesterday Dr. Quentin Young said that if he were a political adviser to Baucus, he'd have given him this advice, which I put in haiku form:

    Let them testify,
    Thank them heartily, and get
    On with your sellout.
    Now I read that people are getting arrested for similar tactics at the offices of insurance companies that are killing tens of thousands of people each year, not by napalm but by red tape.  

    As I.F. Stone said:

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out."

    It would appear that Max Baucus, and officials at some of the big insurance companies who decided to call the cops, have been smoking too much of the same hashish they give out.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 09:50:02 AM PDT

  •  this is the 21st century version (1+ / 0-)
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    of torches and pitchforks.  gotta love it.

    i foresee this happening more and more in the coming months.

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