>Former Head of CIGNA Publicity Spills the Beans on the Truth Behind Health Care Industry

11 Jul


Wendell Potter speaks out in this segment from a recent PBS interview about the Health Care industry’s talking points memos that were circulated to Congress people and Senators, among others, that was previously successful at scaring people away from any government role in health care.

Potter admits that the systems in other countries aren’t broken, in fact they work quite well which has been documented by PBS before, and that the industry simply used the minority of examples where things went wrong in order to get people to think that those issues were common place.

I’m so sick of people, conservatives especially, decrying the ill effect of giant industry-funded lobbying groups but then they go on to repeat talking points from memos created and circulated by lobbying groups.

I wish there was a way to get these people to open their minds for just a day to the possibility that a government health care system could actually be significantly better than a privately-run one so they would see the reports on how well this is working all of the other “first-world” capitalist democracies around the world.

I know I’ve said it before but if having public library and education systems is so important to the well-being of a nation, how is health care any less important? The truth is that a completely free-market system results in the kind of mess our economy is in now because there wasn’t enough government intervention in the form of regulation to prevent it. A hybrid capitalist democracy with social programs for essential services is the ideal form of government. I believe Germnay post-WWII is an excellent example of this, but I won’t go into that now.

And how can a system that profits primarily by denying coverage and charging a bunch of extra fees outside of the monthly premium be good for the health of Americans? If a public health care option is not created, we are all responsible for even more misery and death to our fellow citizens.


Posted by on July 11, 2009 in Government, Health


2 responses to “>Former Head of CIGNA Publicity Spills the Beans on the Truth Behind Health Care Industry

  1. Jared

    July 13, 2009 at 10:10 am

    >I agree that changes need to be made to private health care. I also know that you have a particular case where you need medical care on a more regular basis than most people. However, from first hand experience and from talking to friends who live in countries with social health care, I would much prefer private. In fact most countries with public health care actually have private care options. The biggest complaint is that you are put on a HUGE waiting list and everyone I talked to told me this. Also very limited supplies of high demand medications. The only way to avoid this is by people to get private health insurance. Just something for you to think about.

  2. eriK

    July 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    >yes i've heard that from one person too, an aussie. but from two brits, a frenchy and a cannuck i've heard completely the opposite.i'm also basing my opinion on research, not just anecdotal evidence. here's a great bit of reporting:


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