INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The WellPoint shareholders meeting in downtown Indianapolisended much earlier than some disgruntled shareholders would haveliked when 71-year-old William H.T. Bush, brother of the firstPresident Bush, collapsed.
For the fourth year in a row, in the shadow of WellPointcorporate headquarters in downtown Indianapolis, on the day of theannual shareholders meeting, there was a rally for universalhealthcare.
Many of those at the rally are WellPoint shareholders themselveswho attended the stockholders meeting.
"The meeting was actually quite contentious. It was differentfrom any of the meetings I've been to before," said Dr. Rob Stone,a Bloomington emergency room physician.
He had a proposal on the agenda of the WellPoint shareholdersmeeting that WellPoint fund a feasibility study about making thecompany non profit.
"I think investors are seeing that the business model of theprivate, for-profit health insurance industry doesn't workanymore," said Stone.
Shareholders at the rally say there were other so-called"hostile" proposals at the annual meeting and people were speakingout. But then everything changed.
Edith Kenna was there when it happened.
"There were six or seven lined up and all of a sudden, AngelaBraly adjourned the meeting and everyone had to get out," shesaid.
Cindy Calley is another shareholder who was at the stockholdersmeeting.
“They told us nothing. They just said meeting adjournedwe've had a medical emergency. And we could see it was Mr. Bush,"said Calley.
Dr. Stone tried to help.
"I just saw someone was down and then they said it was Mr. Bushand I just went up there to be available but he was actuallystarting to wake up when I got there," said Dr. Stone.
The collapse of William Bush, who is on the board of directorsof WellPoint, sent the unhappy shareholders out to the rally soonerthan expected.
Cindy Calley said, "They needed to take care of Mr. Bush first,but they could have continued the meeting."
But she said they never did.
WellPoint would not give 24-Hour News 8 a comment about whathappened.
William Bush was taken to Methodist Hospital as a precaution andis stable and alert.
Those at the rally say they believe they are making progresswith their efforts to change WellPoint. They say they'll be backagain next year.
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