CalPIRG Organizes Healthcare Reform Die-in

by Allie Cohen on February 18, 2010

Today, CALPIRG, a statewide student activism organization with 30,000 members, staged a “Die-In” at UC Berkeley. At 11:00 am, members of CALPIRG, alongside fellow UC Berkeley students, laid down in the most highly traversed area of the campus and remained there for 26 minutes in order to symbolize the 20,000 deaths that occur annually because of our flawed healthcare system – one death every 26 minutes. The 25 students participating did so to recognize the necessity of passing national comprehensive health care legislation.

“I’m here today because I don’t want to inherit a broken health care system,” said Jacob Gee, a 4th year Political Science major, “I am fighting for affordable health care that every student can depend on.”

Every year, Americans pay more and more but get less and less when it comes to health care. Spiraling health care costs have driven the average job-based family insurance plan to more than $12,000 a year, and that price tag is expected to double by 2016. This system is structured for the benefit of the drug industry, insurance companies, and profits, and all at the expense of the health of American citizens.

“We need to make our health care system more reliable. Insurance companies shouldn’t be able to deny people coverage because of chronic illnesses. It isn’t just.” said Allie Cohen, 2nd year English major. Today’s die-in is only the beginning of our efforts to make our community understand that college students demand health care reform. We refuse to sit back and allow our children to grow up with the same issues and insecurities our failing healthcare system is plagued with today.

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