Wednesday, March 10, 2010

March Against Big Insurance

There was a march in Washington yesterday by folks protesting Big Insurance.

The bodies of dozens of “insurance victims” are splayed down a stretch of 22nd Street near a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington’s DuPont Circle, where demonstrators gathered earlier left them as a sign of the frustration against the insurance industry’s opposition to an overhaul of the nation’s health care system.

The bodies, pastel-colored stencils in the asphalt representing the estimated 45,000 people who die each year without health insurance, had eulogies describing how “big insurance” killed them. Inside the hotel, the industry lobby America’s Health Insurance Plans, was holding a legislative conference.

Former Gov. Howard Dean of Vermont and Richard Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. labor federation, appeared in front of the dense crowd, which filled 22nd Street between New Hampshire Avenue and M Street.

But since no one carried a picture of an insurance company president with a Hitler mustache, Fox News didn’t cover it live.