A crowd gathered at the northeast corner of campus Tuesday evening with picket signs to express their opinions on proposals for health care reform. The protestors were in favor of a public option, but not from any particular political party. A few of them were students at PCC, some were from other colleges, high schools and others were older and not students at all.

At the forefront of the peaceful protest was Joseph Davidian, who explained that the group is in favor of a strong government run health plan and that it is part of a group called Organizing for America.

Davidian also explained the reason for holding this protest on the corner of the PCC campus.

“We are trying to get young people involved politically and let them know that there is something you can do,” said Davidian. “Come out here and see how good it feels.”

Many of the protestors had personal reasons for being out in the cold with their picket signs. Some had family members who lost everything trying to pay for health care and others had jobs that could not afford to keep them on good plans anymore.

Brandon Fureigh said his family lost everything trying to pay medical bills for their elders, who were denied coverage from health insurance companies.

Some attended in order to try and prevent losing their money to health insurance in the future.

“We are here at PCC because 30 percent of college students will graduate and not have affordable health care insurance,” said Fureigh. “Students are not going to be able to pay and many will also be worrying about paying off loans as well.”

Many students were protesting to try and prevent future monetary problems.

“I believe current insurance companies should be non-profit,” said PCC student Tedd Spater, 19, environmental law. “Human life should be put above money.”

“Insurance companies care too much about profit and take advantage of people,” said Glendale City College student Barker Arslanian, 18, graphic arts.

“I hate private insurance companies,” said Crescenta Valley High School student Molly Spater, 17. “They are denying people their rights to get health care.”

Among the signs the protestors were holding were “2,547 bankruptcies from costly healthcare,” “Standing together for Health Care Insurance reform,” and “Affordable Health Care for all Americans.”

“They [health insurance companies] can’t make profit off people being sick, it’s not right,” said Fureigh.

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