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Nonviolent Civil Disobedience And The Employer Based Healthcare System

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Americans exist in a Zombie state because they think our employer
based healthcare system is acceptable or inevitable. Just because it's what we've always had doesn't mean we have to continue with an insanity where we keep chipping away at a broken system, thinking that suddenly it will work after 60 years of failure.

My husband receives his health insurance policy through my employer. Recently, I received a ten page letter with confusing instructions saying that if I did not provide proper documentation proving that my husband 1) is my husband 2) that he does not receive health insurance from his place of work 3) he will be dropped from our policy as of 10/30.

Wading through the language of this letter was time consuming and frustrating. This experience led me to conclude that these jobs where we go and punch a time clock every day are nothing more than indentured servitude, a form of job-lock where you are stuck in a job with no hope of breaking free for fear of losing health insurance, whose coverage is getting less and less adequate by the passing day.

And if I misplace this paper and forget about it, my husband would lose his insurance, without any hope of getting it back, unless he changed employers, of whom many with hold health insurance
for 3 to 6 months.

I ask you: Where is the outrage?

We saw Wendell Potter on Saturday September 19, at the Free Public Library in Philadelphia. He has been radicalized by his epiphany at seeing the health insurance companies for what they are: cold blooded murderers. He too was in a zombie state, answering to stock holders everyday instead of facing spot on the suffering of families who everyday lose their loved ones when health insurance companies
deny their claims.

Now Wendell Potter is one of us.

We are the only industrialized nation who does not have a civilized healthcare system. Even South Africa implemented a Single Payer healthcare system, after the collapse of Apartheid.

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The employer based healthcare system is America's very own brand of Apartheid. We are held down and brutalized everyday here in America by the health insurance companies.

The corporate mentality, shop until you drop, watch TV until you're comatose, plus pharmaceutical drug and alcohol abuse has dropped a curtain over the American psyche.

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The following is a list of non-violent acts of Civil Disobedience that other movements, such as the American Civil Rights movement, the Gay Rights movement, all the anti-war movements and anti-nuke movements used with great results.

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1) Refuse to pay health insurance premiums since they aren't paying when you get sick, anyway.

2) Start a campaign involving demonstrations every weekday for a year in front of health insurance companies all across America. These demonstrations would showcase caskets and poster pictures of people who died as a result of denied care.

3) Stage sit-ins at insurance companies and outside Capitol Buildings protesting Apartheid of the employer healthcare system in America.

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IS America's Apartheid... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 5:31:16 AM
I had a CAT scan yesterday at the Sutter-Solano ho... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 9:36:30 AM
If I even suggest in my work place that we need a ... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 6:36:57 PM
The public needs to be made aware of how bad the c... by Don Smith on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 10:48:08 AM
"Protection money" IS a good term!!And thank you f... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 6:38:31 PM
If I am not mistaken there is a talk that Pennsylv... by BFalcon on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 11:03:45 AM
And it will cost a great deal less than the curren... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:31:32 PM
http://www.healthcare4allpa.org... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:34:37 PM
I concur. We need massive and frequent civil disob... by Paul Roden on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:03:34 PM
Wendell Potter said at the Philadelphia Town Hall ... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 12:13:12 PM
Sorry Kate, but I must respectfully disagree with ... by Greg Slaughter on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 2:38:52 PM
Most everything you just said points to exactly WH... by Bia Winter on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 8:44:29 AM
You want a monopoly replaced by another.Insurance ... by BFalcon on Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 at 3:34:07 PM
Would also add, a hospital which wanted to provide... by BFalcon on Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 at 3:31:25 PM
If you think Gandhi was great and that his non-vio... by Rakesh Krishnan Simha on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 5:02:38 PM
I appreciate your point of view. However Gandhi is... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 6:22:39 PM
Please re-read some unbiased books before calling ... by Rakesh Krishnan Simha on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 at 4:13:32 PM
This rally starts at 10am til noon and we are exci... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 6:33:25 PM
What is wrong with “Employer based insurance” ... by Gallaher on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 7:55:34 PM
Single Payer is the only answer without compromise... by kate loving shenk on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 10:03:43 PM
For asking why your insurance rates increase 14%, ... by 911TRUTH on Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009 at 9:29:36 PM
Ask any Doctor if his Malpractice Insurance is wha... by shirley reese on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 at 1:50:23 PM
Some malpractice suits are difficult, some are ver... by BFalcon on Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 at 3:41:03 PM
Maybe, maybe not. But this has nothing to do with ... by BFalcon on Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 at 3:48:05 PM
After living in the US for almost 25 years,I retur... by Ed N on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 at 5:51:24 PM
... by kate loving shenk on Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 at 8:58:14 PM
..in Augusta Maine. ......party of ONE! I was call... by Bia Winter on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 8:55:28 AM