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Pitchforks and Torches at Health Care Rally

by | Feb 17, 2010 8:03am () Comments | Commenting has expired | Share
Posted to: Health Care

Carrying pitchforks and torches a group of labor unions and health care groups marched down Church Street in Hartford Tuesday night to let the state’s largest business lobby know that they want health care reform.

John Murphy of the Connecticut Citizens Action Group said the Connecticut Business and Industry Association symbolizes what the group is up against in its fight for quality, affordable health care.

CBIA makes most of its revenue from selling insurance to small businesses, Murphy said. He said it is blocking reform efforts because under a government run system health care system it would lose money.

Eric George of CBIA said the business lobby is in favor of health care reform, it just doesn’t believe a government run system will lower costs for consumers.

“We have been pushing very strongly for health care reform,” George said. “Health care reform that actually does something. Something that reduces costs, that improves quality and that‘s how we‘re going to get more access.”

He said opposing a government run system does not mean the group opposes health care reform.

Click the play arrow above to watch the Tuesday’s rally outside CBIA’s Hartford headquarters. It is followed by George talking about what health care reforms CBIA supports.

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(4) Archived Comments

posted by: dazodiak | February 17, 2010  5:01pm

This is a lie!!!  The CBIA is blocking health care reform because it will obviously lose money.  It always comes down to money.

posted by: CT Jim | February 18, 2010  9:12am

I see the teabaggers want to interprit our constitution to favor them!!
The time is now to pass a constitutional amendment to require HEALTH CARE FOR ALL!!!!

posted by: eastrivertype | February 19, 2010  7:37pm

Is anyone surprised that CCAG willengage in theatre rather than substantively contribute to the debate.  CCAG still doesn’t understand the difference between price and cost.  They do nothing to reduce costs which drive the price.  They only want to mess with who pays.

posted by: cslicer | February 20, 2010  11:57am

So you have to ask yourself, why is the plan loosing money ?

Same reason why the auto repair coverage on your auto insurance collison is not going up double digits every year. Cost.

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