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Sit ins for health care
        A major protest by healthcare activists at the Humana headquarters in downtown Louisville at 10 a.m. Thursday is part of the fourth wave of demonstrations and arrests at  32 cities across the nation.  So far, in 11 cities 78 people have been arrested for sitting-in at insurance company offices.  On Wednesday and Thursday people who favor Single Payer healthcare programs  will be protesting  at 21 more cities.
 
       The Louisville group, organized by Rev. David Bos of Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare (KSPH), will be requesting a meeting with Humana CEO Michael B. McCallister, who was paid more than $20 million last year.  The activists claim that Humana forced many of its customers into bankruptcy because of health care bills that the corporation refuses to cover.
 
       The action at Fifth and Main Streets Thursday is part of a national effort being co-ordinated by Mobilization for Health Care for All.  The aim is to pass a single payer program that would expand the coverage of Medicare and extend it to all persons. The group contends that by reducing the role of insurance companies the saved $400 billion annually would allow coverage for the uninsured and would lower health care costs in general.
 
 
CONTACTS:
 
Nationally:
Deborah Helt  213-308-8059    co-ordinator, Mobilization for Health Care for All
Lacy MacAuley  202-445-4692   media director
 
Louisville area:
*Rev. David Bos  634-1963
*Kay Tillow  636-1551   KSPH co-ordinator
David Ross Stevens 923-9400 (before demonstration), cell  502-526-3151 (during and after demonstration)
Dr. Garrett Adams  895-8847  co-ordinator of Physicians for a National Healthcare Program--Kentucky
 
     * Before the demonstration

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