Insurance Industry’s Tuesday Gathering at the Ritz Being Targeted by ‘Citizen Posse’

By Matt Loffman

Mar 8, 2010 3:02pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: A health insurance industry conference taking place on Tuesday at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C., is being targeted by liberal health-care reform advocates. The protest, which is being organized by 50 groups including Health Care for America Now, Democracy for America, and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), will begin in Dupont Circle with an 11:00 am ET speech by former DNC Chairman Howard Dean. At 11:45 am ET, the expected 3,000-person rally will then march to the Ritz Carlton Hotel (1150 22nd Street, N.W.) where the insurance industry’s trade group is holding its annual policy conference. The group has prepared “WANTED” posters depicting Karen Ignagni, the head of the insurance industry’s trade group, as well as the CEOs of United Health, WellPoint, Cigna, Aetna, and Humana. View the posters HERE. The “charges” listed on the posters include 45,000 counts of “involuntary manslaughter,” “breach of contract and fraud,” “money laundering,” and “bribery of public officials.” At 12:45 pm ET, several union leaders and insurance company customers who say they were victimized by the industry’s practices, are planning to enter the Ritz Carlton Hotel in an effort to arrest the insurance company executives. At that point, the health care advocates who attempt to make a “citizen’s arrest” expect to be put under arrest themselves. According to a spokeswoman for the insurance industry’s trade group, their full agenda is open to registered members of the press.  At 12:45 pm ET, conference attendees will be at a luncheon session on “Health Care Reform: What Role Does the Media Play” featuring Peter Beinart of the New America Foundation and former Bush official Keith Hennessey. View the insurance industry’s conference agenda HERE.

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