Tuesday, October 6, 2009
SAN DIEGO About three dozen people protested in front of the San Diego offices of Anthem Blue Cross today. Protesters demanded the insurance company stop lobbying against health care reform.
The San Diego event was one of five similar protests against Anthem Blue Cross throughout California.
Activists are angry Anthem's parent company Wellpoint has spent millions of dollars lobbying against health care reform.
Protester Nancy Oeschsle lives in Vista.
"Blue Cross is one of the biggest ones right now that is pouring a lot of money into the anti-health care reform ads," Oeschle says. "And personally I have Blue Cross, and I'm disappointed. Actually if I had a choice, I would probably not have them anymore."
Earlier this year, California regulators fined Anthem $1 million for canceling policies after people got sick. Other insurers, including Health Net, have been fined for similar infractions.