Since I know you’re all wondering, I wanted to let you know what happened to the protesters who yesterday staged a sit-in at a NYC Aetna office to advocate for a single-payer health care system.
The 19 participants, wearing T-shirts with slogans that read “Medicare for All” and chanting “Patients, not profits!” linked arms and sat down in the lobby of the Aetna building, prompting Aetna employees to step around them on their way into their offices. A crowd of supporters picketing outside the building held signs that said "Aetna is the real death panel," and "Single payer now."
The protesters demanded the insurer immediately approve all doctor-recommended treatments in their files, stating that they would not leave until Aetna approved care. Aetna — unsurprisingly — refused to comply or meet with a representative from the protest group. (Would you give airtime to people who tried to take over your office and told you how to do your job? I’m just saying.)
All 19 protesters were then arrested, but apparently remain unbowed.
“We will continue to stage these sit-ins as Congress debates legislation that expands the insurance company stranglehold over our health, our lives and our government,” said Laurie Wen, one of the protesters.
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