Don't get the Glantz family wrong: They are all about health care. Even though their Web site is called ProtestHealthCare.org, the last thing they want to get rid of is health care. This is in sharp contrast to, say, what big health insurance companies and other organizations (like the Fed'ral Guv'mint) appear to want, which is to make health care as expensive and hard to obtain as possible. You know this because you've seen Sicko, the new Michael Moore comedy docu-lecture.
Well, the Glantz family saw Sicko too, and despite the fact that Linda, Katie and John Glantz had never been particularly predisposed toward activism, hell-raising, protesting or any other similar endeavor usually reserved for hippies, crazies and students with excessive free time, they were riled up. So riled up that the Dallas family started a Web site, got the National Nurses Organizing Committee, the California Nurses Associations, Health for All Texas and a variety of other organizations on board, and planned a health care rally in front of Dallas' City Hall this Sunday.
"We wanted to change the health care system," Katie Glantz tells Unfair Park. "We've never done any kind of protest," she saays, but Sicko changed that. And so at 11 a.m. Sunday at the flagpoles in front of City Hall, the Glantz family will appear, along with health care and human rights experts, to speak out against the rising cost of not dying in America.
"If we don’t do something now," Glantz says, "people are just going to get more screwed down the road."
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If you'd like to be a part of ProtestHealthCare.org, the Glantz family has a variety of fun activities on their Web site, from a petition to sign to graphics you can post on your own Web site to a pre-fab letter you just sign and send in to your local congressperson. --Andrea Grimes