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Doctors Risking Arrest for Healthcare for All, Challenging a System That Makes Doctors Complicit

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Previous action at United Health Group offices in NYC (Above)

At least three doctors will be risking arrest in civil disobedience actions during Mobilization for Healthcare for All's third wave of actions this week, which are being held to demand an end to insurance abuse and to demand real health care reform for all.

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Ken Weinberg, who will be risking arrest at the Wellpoint Offices in New York City, says it dawned on him that this is a moral issue, he needs to be out there, and he is risking arrest because he doesn't know what else to do.

"I've met with my senators and congressman and nothing works," says Weinberg. "I think what really pushed me over was the new study that came out from Harvard that showed that 45,000 people die each year because they don't have health insurance and that to me is criminal."

Weinberg adds, "Our elected representatives are so in the pockets of the insurance companies that they're not doing anything. They're not responsive to the American people. So, this is a wake up call to them as well. "

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Matt Hendrickson, who will be risking arrest at the Cigna Offices in Glendale near downtown Los Angeles, says he's "inspired by the people that have already gotten arrested in the last three weeks."

"They're just as angry as I am by how the private insurance industry is ruining our healthcare system," says Hendrickson.

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for OpEdNews.com

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