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That was the chorus at tonight's rally outside the Anthem Blue Cross offices at the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco. Since none of the big wigs showed up, these ladies had to do a little role-playing...

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More pics and tricks in the operating room below...

When I heard that moveon.org and the Feinstein 1200 were having a little gathering right here in SF, I was both a bit surprised and very happy. Surprised because I had no idea Anthem actually has an office right in my town, I only hear from them when they jack up my premium by 50%, and then it's only via letter from SoCal. Happy because frankly the online outrage only goes so far with me, I've really been itching to share my true feelings about Anthem CEOs getting fat bonuses while my premiums are skyrocketing.

I'd come to the right place. Obviously, these gentlemen shared my affection for insurance executives...

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It wasn't a super large gathering, but spirits were high after today's ass whoopin health care summit.

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It was very touching to hear random people step up and tell their horror stories. You just can't make some of this stuff up...

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There were a lot of good ideas, including some free consulting for the Corporate Republican Party...

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Take that, you lying liars!

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I have to say I'm always amazed at the creativity of my fellow San Franciscans...

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Then it was time for the second verse of the song: We Shall Kill Reform, We Shall Kill Reform, We Shall Kill Reform Todaaaayyyyyy!

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The little ones were diggin' it...

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Gosh, I wish Teddy were here, I just want to hear what he would be telling the Super Obstructionists Minority...

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So listen up, insurance people, we're not singing your ANTHEM anymore, and we're not carrying your (Blue) CROSS any longer. We're tired of you lining your pockets on our illness and we're not going to stop showing up on your doorstep until your free reign millionaire's party is over. We want health care for all people, and we want it now!

I'll leave you with a few more images from last summer's rally...

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Originally posted to Ecomusings by Sven Eberlein on Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 07:57 PM PST.

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  •  I love this diary! (5+ / 0-)

    Great rally.  :)

  •  I forgot to note the URL for dkos diary (6+ / 0-)

    that provided this info think it was CA nurses:

    Subpoenas Health Plans Over Claims Denials

    Thursday, February 25, 2010
    http://ag.ca.gov/...

    No other industrialized country turns the health of its citizens over to the profiteering of private companies.

    New data released today by the California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Committee following the announcement that California Attorney General Jerry Brown plans to subpoena financial documents and other records from the insurance companies.

    Atty. General Jerry Brown:

       "We have been looking at these companies for a number of months and are very concerned that some of them are unjustly raising premiums and denying payment of legitimate claims," Brown said. "Not only are the rate increases devastating to Californians strapped by the economy, but in some cases, they are possibly illegal."

       "Our best attorneys are going to get to the bottom of this, and where we find violations of California's unfair business laws, we intend to stop them," Brown added.

    The Attorney General began his investigation last September shortly after CNA/NNOC released research finding that since 2002 six of the state's insurance companies had rejected more than one-fifth of all claims.

    Overall, seven of the largest insurers in the state denied over one-fourth of all claims for the second half of 2009.

       * Claims denial rates by leading California insurers, second half of 2009, compared to the first six months of 2009:
       * PacifiCare -- 41.17% (up from 39.6 percent for the first six months of 2009)
       * Cigna – 35.43 percent (up from 32.7 percent)
       * HealthNet – 25.82 percent (down from 30 percent)
       * Kaiser Permanente – 26.96 percent (down from 28.3 percent)
       * Anthem Blue Cross – 24.5 percent (down from 27.9 percent)
       * Aetna -- 6.4 percent (no change)
       * Blue Shield – 22 percent (Blue Shield had previously not reported separate denial data, and only began reporting after the media reports on denials)

    "What we see over and over is an arrogant industry that is indifferent to the pain and suffering caused by routine care denials or economic catastrophe prompted by outrageous price gouging," said CNA/NNOC Co-President Geri Jenkins.

       "The denials and pricing practices are both motivated by the prime directive that seems to surpass everything else for these companies -- squeezing their patients and providers alike for profits and revenues regardless of who gets hurt along the way."

    The data, collected by CNA/NNOC's research arm, the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, is based on data the insurers themselves report to the California Department of Managed Care. It prompted outrage and handwringing from the insurance companies and from Arnold Schwarzenegger's department officials as well.

    http://www.guaranteedhealthcare.org/

    http://ag.ca.gov/...

    September 3, 5:15 p.m. California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced this afternoon that he has launched an "independent inquiry" on this issue. Brown said: "These high denial rates suggest a system that is dysfunctional, and the public is entitled to know whether wrongful business practices are involved," Brown said.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S15BQgELDAQ NO OTHER industrialized country turns the health of its citizens over to the profiteering of private companies.

    by anyname on Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 08:35:35 PM PST

  •  I love the Billionaires for Wealthcare. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ExStr8, trashablanca, citisven

    There actually is something about the top hats and suitcoats that gives them an indefinable air of authority.

  •  Wonderful demonstration... and diary! (2+ / 0-)
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    trashablanca, citisven

    many, many thanks.

    Stonewall was a RIOT!

    by ExStr8 on Thu Feb 25, 2010 at 09:18:00 PM PST

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