Police Arrest Twelve at Regence
October 15, 2009 -- Police arrested 12 people today for trespassing outside the Portland headquarters of Regence BlueCross BlueShield. The acts of civil disobedience were met by similar direct actions in nine cities across the country organized by Healthcare Now and the Center for the Working Poor.
Including the 12 in Portland, 54 people were arrested nationwide.
”We originally planned to go in the lobby and ask to speak to the CEO to address some specific issues such as premiums going toward lobbying,” McCloud said. “But we’ve been told the building’s been locked down. So we plan to approach the doors, and ask to speak to the CEO. At that point if we aren't allowed to discuss these issues with him, then we’ll stand at all the entrances.”
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“It’s a positive but I’m concerned with the ageism involved. I’m 44. Next year my premiums are going to go up when I’m 45.”
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