Health care protest at hastily moved Executive Health Policy Forum
Tomorrow (Friday, July 24) at 7:30 to 9:00 am, in downtown Raleigh at 400 S. Salisbury Street (near Sheraton Hotel). Come any time (Speakers will be around 9am but protesting will start at 7.30) and park directly opposite the Sheraton on Salisbury St. The Wake County parking deck is only one block west, on McDowell St. There may also be street parking.
SEANC members and community activists will raise their voices in strong support for health care reform outside a health care industry conference as Triangle CEOs (including Bob Greczyn, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina) and health care lobbyists debate their views inside on federal health care legislation.
Amusingly, the Executive Health Policy Forum was supposed to be at Raleigh’s Wake Med campus, but was moved this afternoon at the last minute – no doubt because of fears of the protest.
Remember – panel members Bob Greczyn, CEO of NC Blue Cross, and Jack Bailey, senior vice president, GlaxoSmithKline, Inc, make millions in salary and don’t have to worry about how to afford health insurance like the rest of us. Too bad the Raleigh Chamber didn’t see fit to include someone like Jerry Thompson on their panel – a Vietnam vet, 30 year state employee, and sufferer of a chronic disease who is about to go bankrupt because of medical bills.