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All across America, protesters are ramping up the fight for real, solid healthcare reform-- single payer-- by protesting and engaging in civil disobedience. Over 100 have been arrested in the past weeks. I witnessed and documented the protest and arrest of 13 demostrators at the Philadelphia Blue Cross Blue Shield headquarters in center city Philly.

The Dems seem to be on a path to giving a gift to the health insurance industry, selling out America in the process of trying to sell we the people a weak public option at best. So we need to keep on fighting for single payer.


The protest started on the street in front of the building. Not a bad building for a non-profit-- like OpEdNEws is a non-profit too. Looks more like a multi-billion dollar corporation to me.


There were tons of police there, uniformed and the plain clothes Civil Affairs Unit team.

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I had a chance to meet, briefly, the protesters who were planning to engage in civil disobedience. It felt good to be able to claim that OpEdnews probably has more content items on universal single payer than any other site-- well over 1000
Here are some of the OEN tags they are listed under.

Health Care Universal - Single Payer (622)
Health Care Costs (613)
Healthcare Reform (518)
Health Care Establishment (456)
Health Care Benefits (417)
Health Care Socialized-Nationalized (401)
Health Insurance (401)
Single-payer (240)
Health Care HMOs- PPOs- Insurance- Etc
Health Policy Failures (234)
Health Insurance Deprived (227)
Health Insurance Horror Stories (110)


Eight of 13 protesters who later engaged in Civil Disobedience

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BC/BS employees were watching the protesters. They were nice people, but for all we know, they may work on death panels or may be the people who inform patients that their treatments or meds aren't covered... the first time, until a doctor or lawyer calls, or a TV show intervenes and they reverse their position. Of course, we know that only a small percentage fight for reimbursement. Many just take that first no. Or maybe they just handle claims or questions from doctors. But they make a living working for a company that is fighting for health care reform that will save lives. The protesters should also have been carrying signs saying things like.

This Company Has Death Panels

This Company Issues Death
Decrees and Kills People.

This Company Destroys Families
(makes them go bankrupt)

When anti-abortion, "pro-live" protesters protest at family planning centers, they carry signs and verbally go after employees. There's something to learn from them.

Then, the demonstrators moved the protest off the city streets to the area in front of the BC/BS headquarters.

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The Police Civil Affairs Squad (in suits and sport jackets) blocked the protesters from entering the building. The women in the foreground are BC/BS employees I later spoke to. The Asian women with a hat with bright green was a legal observer.

This woman in the turquoise was watching the whole thing, throughout, so I asked what her connection was. "I'm the director," she replied."
"What's your name," I asked.
She refused to answer. Anyone want to research it?


The protesters sit down in front of the doors.
They read a letter to BC/BS.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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