Health care reform activists rally in Springs

By: MARIA ST.LOUIS-SANCHEZ
October 13, 2009
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photo - Elaine Brush of Colorado Springs, right, walks around City Hall Tuesday, October 13, 2009, along with about 50 people who held a "Rally Against Greed" in support of President Obama's health care plan. Mark Reis, The Gazette Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
Elaine Brush of Colorado Springs, right, walks around City Hall Tuesday, October 13, 2009, along with about 50 people who held a "Rally Against Greed" in support of President Obama's health care plan. Mark Reis, The Gazette Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE 

Patti Mulkey wants to work and be a productive member of society. Unfortunately, she says, her health insurance doesn’t cover all of the extensive treatment she needs for her chronic kidney disease.  She said her insurance plan keeps her alive, but doesn’t provide enough care that would let her go back to work.

“They make decisions without knowing how this affects everyone’s lives,” she said to a small, but vocal group of people at a rally Tuesday for health care reform in front of Colorado springs’ City Hall. “People who are ill don’t want to be ill. They want to be working and well.”

The “Rally Against Greed” attracted about 40 people carrying signs that read “Greed Sucks” and “Jesus Didn’t Charge Premiums.”  The rally was organized by the group Change that Works, a liberal organization that endorses a public option for health care.

While protestors were vehement Tuesday, the rally wasn’t close to the size of other local rallies against the proposed reforms. Instead of focusing on the cost of expanded health care, organizers blamed insurance companies for the high costs in relating the stories of people coping with illnesses.

Like Mulkey, many of the people who attended the rally said they had health insurance, but it didn’t pay for their care. Pat Hill said that even with health insurance, she was paying $750 a month in medical bills stemming from complications from cancer treatments. 

James Tucker, a local activist, said the people who reject the proposed reforms may regret it.

“If they don’t get involved and join us, they will pay a price when they need the care,” he said.

Call the writer at 636-0274.

 

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