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Friday, April 12, 2024

Protesters gathered at a health care speak-out event Saturday afternoon to discuss their grievances with current U.S. health care policies.

The event was held Saturday afternoon on Bo Diddley Community Plaza and was organized by the Alachua County Labor Party, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Gainesville.

The speak-out comes at a time when Occupy Wall Street and subsequent movements, including Occupy Gainesville, are reaching their two-month marks.

Planned speakers, including doctors, nurses and other health care workers, talked about their experiences, and people were given the chance to give spontaneous testimonials.

"There was a lot of sharing about the people who've fallen through the cracks of the health care system," said Jeremiah Tattersall, an Occupy Gainesville participant.

Gainesville residents and UF students spoke about their experiences dealing with medical bills that come with unexpected injuries.

"The general consensus was the health care industry doesn't serve the people," said Tommy Baker, an Occupy Gainesville member.

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