Several thousand protesters marched through downtown Washington yesterday to deplore the health-care industry and rally support for the Democrat-proposed reform, marching pointedly by an industry meeting held by various insurance company leaders at the 22nd street Ritz-Carleton. Insurance magnates in the hotel conference say they are being "vilified," but protesters were enthusiastic and determined. Representatives from many major labor unions were marching, including Richard Trumka, president of behemoth labor organization, the AFL-CIO. Trumka, in a speech outside the Ritz-Carleton, proclaimed to many cheers that the sight ought to be 'declared a crime scene.' Many protesters also expressed anxiety, saying they want to make sure Democrats do not back down on health care reform.
See Nicole Norfleet, The Washington Times, March 9, 2010