Health care advocates to stage flash mob in Capitol today

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Organize Now and Progress Florida are launching a campaign called “Rick Makes Me Sick” in response to efforts by Gov. Rick Scott and members of the Florida Legislature to gut health spending, side with insurance companies over consumers and obstruct implementation of the Affordable Care Act. “Our political leaders are making Florida families sick,” said Paul Heroux, Organize Now member.

The campaign is also launching its website, RickMakesMeSick.com, which provides details on legislative actions and initiatives that make it harder for working families to access health care and puts our public health at risk.

Organize Now, Progress Florida and health care consumers are taking their fight to Tallahassee to call out Gov. Scott and the Florida Legislature during session this week.

Who: Organize Now, Progress Florida and concerned citizens and activists

What: Healthcare flash mob -a musical direct action- in the Florida Capitol building,    singing “Hey Rickey!” to the tune of Teri Basil’s “Hey Mickey”

When: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 10:30am

Where: In front of Gov. Rick Scott’s office, Plaza Level, The Capitol

Why: Rick Scott and the legislature are obstructing reform, fighting consumers and attacking Medicaid while Florida’s families are struggling with high medical bills, rising insurance costs and problems accessing a doctor.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.