‘Occupy’ protesters interrupt Chamber of Commerce health care event

By Andrew Jones
Monday, November 14, 2011 16:27 EDT
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A health care protest rally. Image via Flickr.
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On Monday morning’s agenda for protester in Washington, D.C., there was but a single priority: Occupy the Chamber of Commerce.

During Blue Cross & Blue Shield CEO Scott Serota’s speech on health care at the Chamber of Commerce, a group of demonstrators interrupted with the now-common “mic check” tactic used in other “Occupy” protests. As one protester read off their statement one line at a time, all the others joined in, amplifying their message about the evils of the health insurance industry. It went on for about three minutes before security was able to remove them.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield reportedly spent $21 million and used no less than 52 lobbyists to fight against fight against President Barack Obama’s health reform proposals, according to the Sunlight Foundation.

Last week, graduate students used a similar tactic to protest a speech by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

WATCH: Video from C-SPAN, which was broadcast on November 14, 2011.

(Photo credit: Ryan Reed)

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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