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Patients Not Profits: Virginians Protest Against High Insurance Costs

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Friday, July 25, 2008   

Richmond, VA - "Our Health Over Your Wealth" reads a sign protesting the rising premiums some insurance companies are charging for health care policies. It will wave today as Virginians from across the Commonwealth demonstrate in front of Anthem Insurance corporate headquarters in Richmond. They and others are challenging the insurance company to make health care affordable.

Sandra Cook with the Virginia Organizing Project says the issue affects more than a select few.

"Individuals cannot afford health care. It's not just people who are not working, but for some among the working class. They just can't afford the cost of health care, so they do without."

Insurance companies argue that they have to raise prices to adjust to their rising costs. Cook says companies like Anthem need to turn their focus to cutting costs and providing health insurance at a price that any Virginian can afford.

"We are hoping to raise awareness among the general public. We want to make sure state and federal legislators are going to address this in the future."

The protest is part of a larger campaign called Health Care for America Now, which is organizing activities across the country for the next few months to push for quality and affordable health care for everyone in 2009.



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