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Health Care Debate Hits UnitedHealthcare’s Front Door in Nashville

September 22, 2009

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A citizen protest is planned in front of the headquarters of UnitedHealthcare in Brentwood today to urge the company's CEO to sign a pledge to support "real" health care reform. The company is one of the largest insurers in Tennessee. Today's demonstration is part of a nationwide day of action by supporters of health care reform.

Among the organizers of the event in Nashville is Deirdra Reed with Tennessee Health Care for America Now, who says they will have people there to tell their stories about dealing with the insurance industry.

"We want to expose some of the practices they have, like denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and denying the claims of their customers."

One of the speakers at the rally will be the Reverend Andrew Stephens, pastor with the Village Church, who wants to make sure the faith community is represented.

"We wanted the voice of the church heard in favor of people who want to show some concern for their fellow man and fellow woman."

A company spokesman says UnitedHealthcare already supports health care proposals that would do away with pre-existing condition limitations and bring everyone into the system.

The demonstration begins at 4 p.m. at company headquarters at 10 Cadillac Drive in Brentwood, an affluent suburb of Nashville.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - TN