Healthcare Protesters Hold Lame "Die-In;" Everybody Lived!
The Great Arizona "Die-In"
The Arizona Coalition for a State and National Healthcare Plan held a "die-in" this afternoon in front of the United Healthcare offices in Phoenix.
The group is protesting the "needless deaths of 123 uninsured and under-insured Americans each day" and brought an army of supporters to the corner of 24th Street and Camelback Road to really stick it to the man.
Umm, by "army," we actually mean about 40 people with signs and one guy with a mega-phone.
At one point, there were actually more members of the media than actual protesters.
To be honest, we weren't exactly sure what a "die-in" entailed, so we went to check it out.
We were expecting to see people on the ground playing dead, maybe some fake bodies outlined in chalk. Anything really.
What we got, while we were there, was a half-assed picket line that would've made Abbie Hoffman roll over in his grave.
ACSNHP sent out a press release hyping the event saying, "Coalition members will dramatize the effects of those practices by representing the daily toll on the sidewalk in front of the company's offices," referring, of course, to the 123 people the group claims die everyday as a result of not having insurance.
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