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Making the Ultimate Sacrifice for Health Care Reform

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"I'm hanging out with all kinds of people who don't have access to insurance," Sam explained. "A lot of people have been affected by medical conditions that can't be covered."

While I interviewed him, he asked fellow inmates if they were for health care for all and if they would rather be arrested for a cause instead of whatever reason they are in jail for. The inmates yelled out "Yeah!" and "A cause!"

He said what really angers him about the politicians in Washington is that "for every representative in the Congress, there's five insurance lobbyists that are trying to influence health care reform."

On doctors and nurses, Pullen described how he believes doctors and nurses are supportive of the cause and talked about an anesthesiologist who joined him and others in the sit-in at Blue Cross that he was arrested at.

"We need more doctors and nurses who are willing to sit down and take a stand on this issue," said Pullen.

Pullen made a sacrifice that he thinks will "inspire people to step up and be willing to target the insurance companies."

Pullen knows Americans far outnumber insurance lobbyists and he understands a rising tide of Americans taking direct action is what's needed to shift the political center of gravity and force those leading this nation to give Americans real health care reform.

His hope is that more Americans find inspiration in injustices they have experienced or that their friends and family have experienced and participate in the next wave of actions being organized by the Mobilization for Health Care for All.

The next day of action is October 28th. Go to MobilizeforHealthCare.org to sign up and get connected with a local group planning an action near you.

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Video from the Sit-In that Sam Pullen Participated in at the Blue Cross Office in Los Angeles




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I'm for Universal Single-Payer Health Care for the... by HMC LAVADOG on Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009 at 2:18:11 PM
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Sam's mother did die. And I agree I could have mad... by Kevin Gosztola on Monday, Oct 19, 2009 at 12:50:46 PM
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