When an industry insider talks about health insurance

You should listen to every word.

Trudy Lieberman: Why did you leave CIGNA?

Wendell Potter: I didn’t want to be part of another health insurance industry effort to shape reform that would benefit the industry at the expense of the public.

TL: Was there anything in particular that turned you against the industry?

WP: A couple of years ago I was in Tennessee and saw an ad for a health expedition in the nearby town of Wise, Virginia. Out of curiosity I went and was overwhelmed by what I saw. Hundreds of people were standing in line to get free medical care in animal stalls. Some had camped out the night before in the rain. It was like being in a different country. It moved me to tears. Shortly afterward I was flying in a corporate jet and realized someone’s insurance premiums were paying for me to fly that way. I knew it wasn’t long before I had to leave the industry. It was like my road to Damascus.

Senator Hagan, where are you on the road to Damascus?


Terrific find

Hope to find time today to read every word.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

That was an eyeful for sure.

I'd send it to certain elected Representatives, but I know full well that they know much more of the dirt that goes on than what Trudy Lieberman discussed already.

Check this out for a case in point of our elected officials being out of touch with reality and the American People! Or, just being bold faced liars.

Congressman Roy Blunt came to The Star's editorial board meeting today to discuss health care. The discussion was lively, and Mr. Blunt deserves respect for his effort to craft a proposal consistent with his values.

But his presentation was marred by assertions that were more opinion than fact and by proposals that lacked enough detail to allow evaluation. There were many questions by those present, but I will focus on questions I asked.


But it was Mr. Blunt's response to my criticism that was most revealing. He said, anecdotally, that he has had serious medical problems and that he was very satisfied with his health care.

The response revealed two major areas of confusion. First, a patient's satisfaction level with his/her health care is not the same as satisfaction with the health care payment system. The first could be great, the second awful.

More significantly, Mr. Blunt has the finest health care insurance money can buy, and he's a member of Congress. Does he really think the insurance company (or the health care provider) would do anything but treat him as a VIP?

Of course Mr. Blunt is likely to be satisfied with how he's treated.

But ask John Doe who does not have a vote in Congress how his insurance company treats him when he has an expensive illness. Mr. Blunt confuses (or conflates) his experience with what the average American gets.


North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

Having Insurance Companies Run Healthcare

...might make our system look like this and maybe even like


There cannot fail to be more kinds of things, as nature grows further disclosed. - Sir Francis Bacon

Great one indeed

Humor often focuses our minds whilst making us laugh (or cry not sure which).

Vladimir Nabokov once said; "Satire is a lesson, parody is a game."


There cannot fail to be more kinds of things, as nature grows further disclosed. - Sir Francis Bacon


In his first extended television interview since leaving the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter tells Bill Moyers why he left his successful career as the head of Public Relations for CIGNA, one of the nation's largest insurers, and decided to speak out against the industry.
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