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Michael Moore Finally Meets Wendell Potter-- the Healthcare Exec Designated as Sicko "Hitman" Who Turned Whistleblower

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When Michael Moore's Sicko movie, which attacked the health insurance industry, came out, the trillion dollar health insurance industry assigned one man to delegitimize the movie's message-- Wendell Potter. 

Potter was head of communications for CIGNA, one of the largest health care corporations. It was his job to be the hit-man, destroying the reputation of Sicko. 

So, when the two men, Michael Moore and Wendell Potter faced each other for the first time on Saturday, it was an emotional, fascinating encounter. 

First, at a fundraising reception for single payer health care advocacy organization, Health-Care Now,  Moore opined that he'd rather have met and spoken with Potter in private, rather than in a public setting. Then, they both went to a special event, at a theater, celebrating the fifth anniversary of Sicko-- Still Sicko After All These Years. 

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Potter spoke before Michael Moore. He told how he flew to view the first showing of Sicko, then went back another time, taking his son to see it.  Potter was THE person the insurance was using-- all the big insurance companies-- to marginalize and minimize the damage of the message of Sicko. 

Then, a few things happened. Cigna turned down a liver transplant for a seventeen year old California girl whose doctor felt that the operation would save her life. 

A huge public outcry eventually pressured Cigna into reversing its decision and allowing the operation, but it was too late. The girl died shortly after the decision was announced. 

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Potter also viewed a county fair type event where thousand sought free healthcare, in a town near where his parents lived, where he was raised. 

He said that between the message of Michael Moore's movie, the death of the girl and seeing the thousands lined up for free health care, because they couldn't afford to pay for it, he made a decision. It seems like he had an epiphany. Shortly after, he testified before congress about the abuses and lies of the health insurance industry (and about a week later, was a goes on my radio show) with appearances on CNN, Bill Moyers, Bill Maher, BBC, MSNBC and more to follow. But he made it clear that Moore's movie had a big effect on him that played a major role in his quitting his job and basically, becoming a whistleblower.

Then Michael Moore spoke. He said that if someone had told him, he never would have believed that a high level corporate head from a major corporation would quit and change sides because of his movie. 

it was a sweet moment, seeing them both on the stage. 

Moore Invited Potter to get together for a meal. That will be an interesting conversation too. 


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Moore in Black tee shirt in middle and Potter on far right. 

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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