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for 20 years, Wendell Potter worked as a senior executive at health insurance companies, and saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick -- all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors. Wendell Potter is an Analyst at the Center for Public Integrity; Former insurance company executive; Author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and and Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Judge Amy Coney Barret's Laughable Thinking on Health Insurance
Judge Amy Coney Barrett says she'd base rulings about health insurance on how "the founders" might have intended. This might make sense if health insurance companies actually existed then. As a former insurance executive, here's why her approach is laughable when it comes to health care.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 29, 2018 How big pharma buys goodwill: Set up a foundation, stage media events, please politicians
72,000 Americans died last year from drug overdoses. Many of them were young people, and most became addicted by using prescription opioids.
Were it not for the business practices of some of the biggest corporations in America that profit from the manufacture and distribution of massive quantities of opioids, many of those we have lost likely would still be with us. How are those big corporations responding?
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Is Crony Capitalism a Big Reason for America's Dental Health Care Crisis?
For an example of how Big Money in politics is causing real harm to average Americans, look at the practice of dentistry in this country.
The United States is facing a dental care crisis for a number of reasons. First, dental care has become so expensive many of us can't afford to go the dentist.
(14 comments) SHARE Friday, June 26, 2015 Insurers' arguments key to Supreme Court decision
It is clear from both the first paragraph and closing comments in the Supreme Court's decision upholding Obamacare subsidies that the justices listened more closely to the insurance industry than perhaps any other party.
(17 comments) SHARE Monday, June 1, 2015 The best health care system in the world? Nonsense!
Americans spend more per capita on health care than people anywhere else in the world, yet outcomes in every other developed country are better on almost every measure, from infant mortality to life expectancy.
A big reason for that is our collective gullibility. We continue to believe what many politicians tell us, despite evidence to the contrary: that we have the best health care system in the world.
SHARE Tuesday, June 25, 2013 OPINION: Pro-industry amendments lard up Missouri insurance legislation
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is facing a dilemma. Should he sign a bill that was intended to help many state residents get coverage for cost-effective health care that insurers often refuse to pay for?
Or veto the bill because it is loaded with amendments that will benefit insurers and force many Missourians to pay far more for medical care than they do now?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2013 An Outbreak of Sanity
There is reason to be hopeful that our lawmakers can put aside their ideological differences every now and then and do what makes sense for constituents.
In fact, last week some of the people we have elected to represent us--at least at the state level--even showed a willingness to put careers at risk by doing what they believe is the right thing.
SHARE Tuesday, June 11, 2013 A Rare Bipartisan Idea to Improve Medicaid and Save Money
Around the time the House of Representatives was voting for the 30-somethingth time to repeal Obamacare, two lawmakers from Texas -- Democrat Gene Green and Republican Joe Barton -- introduced legislation to fix a problem that most folks with private insurance know nothing about. That's because it only affects the poorest among us who are eligible for Medicaid.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, April 5, 2013 Industry Pushes High-Deductible Insurance Plans
Increasingly, employers of all sizes are eliminating choice and offering only high-deductible plans -- euphemistically referred to in the insurance world as consumer-directed health plans or HDHPs.
Within the next few years, most Americans not only will find that the plans they've been enrolled in for years are no longer available, but that they will also have to pay much more out-of-pocket
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Gaming Obamacare to Benefit the Few
Insurance agents/brokers are working to pass laws in the states that would make it difficult, time consuming and expensive for consumer groups to serve as "navigators" to educate people about Obamacare and help them find Exchange insurance plans that meet their needs. They even hope to prevent people from buying coverage except through licensed agents/ brokers, which will also drive up costs by adding commissions.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, January 28, 2013 Getting young people to work against their own best interests: here's how it's done
In my book, Deadly Spin, I described the PR playbook health insurers, tobacco companies and other special interests use to influence public policy, often by deceptive means.
One tried-and-true tactic is to recruit third parties to help deliver your talking points -- hopefully, individuals and organizations that are held in higher regard by the public than your own company or industry.