"Occupy St. Vincent's" Joins Occupy Wall Street to Protest Health Insurance Practices
On Wednesday, October 26th, various groups focused on healthcare and health insurance issues will join with Occupy Wall Street for a series of demonstrations and teach-ins under the name “Occupy St. Vincent’s”. The group is named after the former hospital in the West Village, which was famous for its service during 9/11 and its controversial closing, which left the West Village area without an urgent care facility.
The full text of the flyer is printed below:
The Coalition for a New Village Hospital joins
#Occupy Wall Street and
Healthcare for the 99% Working Group and
Hands Off St. Vincent’s to
#Occupy St. Vincent’s
A Teach-in on the direction of health care in New York and the USA and a call to restore a hospital at the site of St. Vincent’s
Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 5:30 PM
At the site of the old St. Vincent’s Hospital
7th Avenue at West 12th Street
Teach-in participants will be joined at 6:00 PM by marchers from the March Against the Health Insurance Industry organized by Healthcare for the 99%
* 4:00 PM Zuccotti Park/Liberty Plaza – Share your personal struggles with our healthcare system
* 4:30 PM Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield / One Liberty Plaza – Located across the street from Zuccotti Park, Empire is a subsidiary of WellPoint, the largest publicly-traded health insurance company.
* 5:30 PM WellCare / 110 5th Ave: the for-profit company that administers Medicaid and Medicare Advantage programs in New York and other states. Currently being investigated for fraud with estimates that WellCare illegally siphoned $400 million to $600 million from state health insurance programs for the poor.
* 6:00 PM Teach-in at St. Vincent’s Hospital
Don’t allow our hospital to be turned into luxury Condos for the 1%
Stand Up. Fight Back. Teach In.
For more information, visit:
demandahospital.blogspot.com or OWShealthcare.wordpress.com
facebook.com/demandahospital Twitter: #OccupyStVincents