Obamacare thugs come to Hartford – Update dud (photo)

On Monday an organization known as Health Care for America Now (HCAN) sent 110 of its “followers” to protest outside the offices of UnitedHealth Group in Minnetonka, Minn. Their “peaceful” demonstration blocked the doors of the the building, and resulted in the arrest of six protesters. Tomorrow, HCAN plans a similar protest outside the offices of UnitedHealth Group in Hartford beginning at 4:30 p.m. How considerate of them to wait until that hour so that they can inconvenience as many innocent UnitedHealth employees as they possibly can. They will be there to protest in favor of including a public option in any health care reform bill. Here is what the Hartford office of UnitedHealth has told it’s employees:

UnitedHealth Group strongly supports health care reform and making coverage available to all Americans. As our nation continues to debate how to best modernize our health care system, we must be respectful of individuals’ varying perspectives on this important issue. On Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4:30 p.m., we are expecting a group to assemble outside our office to voice their views about the health insurance industry. While there may be rhetoric that attacks our industry and mischaracterizes our contribution to the health care system, we recognize that everyone has a right to express their opinion as long as it’s done respectfully.

There are two curious things about the HCAN protest. First, UnitedHealth Group has one of the best ratings of all insurers in the country, and actually declines payment of claims at a rate considerably less than our current public option, Medicare. So, if claims denial is their objection, the protest would be better suited at the doors of Medicare, not the doors of UnitedHealth. The chart below comes from the American Medical Associations own National Health Insurer 2008 Report Card. claims-denied And second, they are protesting because:

Health Care for America Now spokeswoman Nancy Gomez says lack of health insurance is associated with as many as 45-thousand deaths each year in the U.S.

Gee, would that be the same bogus 45,000 deaths from the same bogus Harvard study referred to by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.)?

UPDATE (Jim): Here’s a look at HCAN Hartford. I’ll bet this really scared United. Maybe 25 tops. As I said on the air today, they just flat out looked silly protesting, as insurance companies go, one of the more community conscious. One of the lowest denial rates and a company with its own children’s health care initiative. Geeze. Maybe that’s why this protest was such a dud. You just don’t get what you pay for these days. Click the pic if you care.


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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. gillie28 on October 7, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    "lack of health insurance is associated with as many as 45-thousand deaths each year in the U.S." – that must be the slogan for the democratic, political, outreach memo of the month.  Following the accepted logic among the leadership that if you say anything often enough in public it becomes "true."

    "for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: (Isa 28:15)

  2. Dimsdale on October 8, 2009 at 4:33 am

    The fact that all the liberal outlets use the same memo at the same time (and aren't smart enough to change the wording) is almost as surprising as the fact that people don't catch on.   Unless they listen to talk radio, of course.


    Notice how the scare tactic has gone from "47 million uninsured" to "45 thousand deaths per year"?  And both are factually incorrect, but don't expect CNN to be fact checking these tidbits of agitprop.

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