Health Care Hearing Disrupted by Single-Payer Advocates

By Beacon Staff

Here’s an interesting piece of video from Tuesday’s U.S. Senate hearing on health care coverage, chaired by Sen. Max Baucus, where a coordinated group of single-payer health care system supporters protest that no members of the panel testifying are there representing the single-payer system. Baucus does his best to proceed but has to call in the police. Meanwhile, the protesters continue to make their arguments, picking up where the last person left off. It’s a worth a look.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The single-payer supporters, dressed in business attire, were able to interrupt the hearing by spreading throughout the hearing room and staggering their protest speeches. Just as one protestor was taken out of the room by police, another would stand up and start talking.

Single-payer health care proposals have seen little-to-no footing in congressional debates on overhauling the U.S. health-care system, though many Democrats favor the creation of a public insurance plan to compete alongside private insurers.

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