Single-payer supporters stage insurance co. sit-ins

Updated 10/8/2009 1:07 PM

Protests by supporters of single-payer universal health care have been staged in U.S. cities outside the corporate offices of insurance companies.

About two dozen advocates picketed outside the Cigna insurance office in Chicago on Thursday. An organizer says seven protesters who entered the building for a sit-in were ticketed for trespassing. Chicago police could not immediately confirm that.


Outside, protesters carried signs and chanted "patients, not profits."

Protest organizers include the groups Healthcare-NOW! and the Center for the Working Poor. They plan similar protests next week in several other U.S. cities.

The major health reform proposals being worked out in Washington don't include a single-payer plan.

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