Protest leads to arrest of 11
By Matthew Kaplan | The Daily News Tribune
Police on Thursday arrested 11 people on trespassing charges during a protest at health insurance giant CIGNA’s office at a Rte. 16 office park.
The 11 were among more than 75 activists who staged a protest claiming that CIGNA does not provide adequate care to its patients and that the company is using its money to lobby against health care reform in Washington.
“Private insurance companies like CIGNA are morally responsible” to patients, said event organizer Russ Davis of Jobs with Justice, a workers’ rights group.
“We want to talk to them,” said Benjamin Day of Mass-Care, a single-payer health care advocacy group. “We want them to support patients.”
The protests come as Congress continues to debate health care reform and universal health coverage.
Representatives from America’s Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade association, could not be reached for comment.
A small parade of union members, activists and other universal health care advocates took to the sidewalk in front of the building, holding signs with slogans such as “CIGNA Profits, People Suffer” and shouting chants such as “health care for all.”
Davis criticized CIGNA for what he viewed as its opposition to universal health coverage.
“They want everybody to be forced to buy private insurance,” Davis said.
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