WASHINGTON, DC., Oct. 23. Billionaires for Wealthcare singers delivered a spontaneous, guerrilla musical, "Public Option Annie" at the final day of the AHIP conference for the private insurance industry, today.
AHIP's website explains, "America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is the national association representing nearly 1,300 member companies providing health insurance coverage to more than 200 million Americans."
Covering the songsters, Rachel Maddow said, "We begin tonight with the single most unexpected turn of events yet in the fight over health reform. "
CBS News reported, "Insurance industry pollster Bill McInturff was giving a speech Friday when he was interrupted at first with cheers of praise from people who seemingly belonged at the conference, given their business attire. The cheers turned into a song about the 'public option,' or government-run health insurance, performed to the tune of 'Tomorrow' from the musical Annie."
On their site, Billionaires for Wealthcare call themselves "a grassroots network of health insurance CEOs, HMO lobbyists, talk-show hosts, and others profiting off of our broken health care system. We'll do whatever it takes to ensure another decade where your pain is our gain. After all, when it comes to health insurance, if we ain't broke, why fix it?" www.billionairesforwealthcare.com
Downloadable signage on their site includes, "Let them eat Advil" and "Nothing says 'freedom' like denying claims."
See the guerrilla musical here:
Lyrics to "Public Option Annie" from YouTube listing
(to the tune of "Tomorrow" from Annie)
No, thank you!
FOR KILLING THE PUBLIC OPTION
AND BLOCKING ANY HOPES OF ITS ADOPTION
THANK YOU, SIR!
BUT WHAT ABOUT COMPETITION?
IT'S AN OLD AMERICAN TRADITION
OR SO I'VE HEARD?
WHEN OLYMPIA SNOWE