Ralph Nader speaking in front of the offices of GHI

Ralph Nader speaking in front of the offices of GHI

Protesters outside of the GHI offices

Protesters outside of the GHI offices

Tanya with Healthcare-Now protesting outside of United Health.

Tanya with Healthcare-Now protesting outside of United Health.

Sherley Littman, with the Raging Grannies, leading protesters in song.

Sherley Littman, with the Raging Grannies, leading protesters in song.

Raging Granny, Mercy Van Vlack singing outside of United Health.

Raging Granny, Mercy Van Vlack singing outside of United Health.

This past Thursday, June 19, was the National Day of Protest Against Health Insurance Companies. Protests took place in cities all across the country. The New York action, which was attended by about 100 people, began at the GHI headquarters at 441 9th Ave. and moved to the offices of United Health at One Penn Plaza. The march was composed of members of a number of unions and a large number of retirees. Additionally, there were a number of speakers, including Ralph Nader. Much of the protest was focused on the GHI-HIP for-profit merger and H.R. 676, which would cover all US residents with all necessary health medical care.Thursday’s event was co-sponsored by a number of organizations including Coalition Against Privatization (CAP), Healthcare-Now, Private Health Insurance Must Go, and PNHP New York Metro Chapter. This march followed a smaller May 30th protest, also outside of the GHI offices, a there will be a follow up meeting to plan more actions on June 26th at 6:30 pm at 339 Lafayette Street (Buzzer #11).