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Beginning Wednesday, protests are expected in 19 cities at offices 
of insurance companies.

     The Mobilization for Health Care for All said in a statement that 
it "has seen almost 900 people sign up to risk arrest at a health 
insurance office in the past four weeks. ... Participants in the sit-ins 
will walk into the offices and demand that insurance companies 
immediately route all the funding the currently pay for lobbyists to 
providing care to patients who need it. The participants will sit down 
and refuse to leave until their demands are met. Many of them expect to 
be arrested for trespassing, disturbing the peace, or another charge."

     Mobilization participants state that, following the model of the 
civil rights movement, they are building a movement "for real health 
care reform, reform that addresses the main cause of the health care 
crisis: the insurance companies" and calling for "Medicare for All, a 
universal health care plan."

     Cities where protests are scheduled include New York, Seattle, 
Baltimore, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Columbus, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, 
Providence and Fort Lauderdale. See the webpage for a complete list and dates and local 
grassroots contact information.

     Among the participants and organizers available for interviews are:

     Zeese is with the Prosperity Agenda. Flowers is a pediatrician with 
Physicians for a National Health Program; she is one of several doctors 
who will be risking arrest.

     A press conference call with doctors, nurses and patients risking 
arrest, as well as experts on health care reform, will take place on 
Tuesday, 1 p.m. ET, call (712) 432-0111, access code 667283. If 
reporters are unable to make the call, they may request a recording by 
e-mailing one of the addresses above.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167