We just released a new video of the citizens' arrest of the insurance companies that happened on March 9th. The video is amazing, it really captures the incredible energy at the protest. Check it out:
The people's voice is loud and clear: We need Congress to listen to us and not the insurance companies. We need to pass real reform now.
Around the country, people are answering the call of the citizens' arrest. In Illinois, people rallied to make sure Congresswoman Melissa Bean listens to us:
In Michigan, the people are making sure Congressman Mark Schauer listens to us:
And in Seattle, local insurance offices were declared crime scenes:
Perhaps one of the most poignant examples of the people speaking out occurred in Washington, DC:
11-year-old Marcelas Owens flew across the country from Seattle this week to join Senate Democrats in Washington, DC to rally support for an end to insurance industry abuses. Marcelas has been an advocate for health care reform since his mother died after she fell ill and lost her job and insurance coverage. "I am here because of my mom," said Owens. "My mom was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension in 2006. She missed so much work she lost her job. And when my mom lost her job, she lost her health care. And losing her health care ended up costing her her life." Senate Democrats are working to put an end to insurance industry abuses that have denied coverage to hard working Americans when they get sick and need it the most.
The House is gearing up to vote on the Senate health reform bill and a package of improvements as early as next week. It's time to finally pass reform.