The Health Care Industry’s Campaign of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

Commentary: insurers use front groups and spin doctors to sow concerns about Obamacare.

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of Obamacare, but it marked the seventh anniversary of opposition to the concept underlying health care reform.

At least two years before the first words of legislation were written, and three years before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, the entrenched health care interests were hard at work creating their strategies to ensure as much as possible that whatever passed

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Wendell Potter on ‘Obamacare: What’s in It for Me?’

Michael Moore has called Wendell Potter “the Daniel Ellsberg of corporate America.” In 2008 Potter walked away from a lucrative 20-year career at the top of public relations for CIGNA and other insurance companies to pull back the curtain on the large-scale, well-planned PR campaigns giant corporations use to prevent political change – including secret efforts to attack Sicko that would, if necessary, include …

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What Congress Didn’t Say: Obamacare Outlaws Policies That Are Essentially Worthless

Sebelius show trial highlighted lawmakers in the pockets of insurance companies.

As I watched Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius being grilled by members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week, it was immediately clear to me just how many of them are in the pockets of the industry I used to work for.

Former colleagues of mine undoubtedly had a hand in writing the members’ comments and questions. Their behavior showed just how much more willing

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Distorted Spin from Health Insurers and Their Friendly Front Groups

SHOUT America claims to represent young folks worried about costs, but don’t be fooled.

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.

This is a staple of

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Wendell Potter: A Prophetic Voice For Our Time

From Wisdom Voices, an interview with Wendell by Joanne Boyer, founder and editor of Wisdom Voices Press and blogger at WisdomVoices.com.

There are few people today – in any walk of life – who have the courage and wisdom of Wendell Potter. Potter’s determined passion to help educate the American public and help them understand the “deadly spin” of the for-profit health insurance industry serves as a centering force in a world that appears to be turned upside down …

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The Man Who Wasn’t There, Part III: Q&A w/ Wendell Potter, Healthcare Executive Turned Whistleblower

From Phawker.com,  Part III of an interview with Wendell by it’s editor in chief, Jonathan Valania.

This is the third and final installment of a massive, 30,000 word, three-part Q&A with Philadelphian Wendell Potter*, former mild-mannered Cigna health insurance executive turned whistle-blowing superman standing up for truth, justice and the American way. (You can read Part I HERE and Part IIHERE) You may have seen Mr. Potter testifying before Congress or talking about the ills of …

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The Man Who Wasn’t There, Part II: Q&A w/ Wendall Potter, Healthcare Executive Turned Whistleblower

From Phawker.com,  Part II of an interview with Wendell by it’s editor in chief, Jonathan Valania.

This is the second installment of a massive, 30,000 word, three-part Q&A with Philadelphian Wendell Potter*, former mild-mannered Cigna health insurance executive turned whistle-blowing superman standing up for truth, justice and the American way. (You can read Part I HERE.) You may have seen Mr. Potter testifying before Congress or talking about the ills of the health insurance industrial complex …

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The Man Who Wasn’t There, Part I: Meet Wendell Potter, Healthcare Executive Turned Whistleblower

From Phawker.com, an interview with Wendell by it’s editor in chief, Jonathan Valania.

This is the first installment of a massive, 30,000 word, three-part Q&A with Philadelphian Wendell Potter*, former mild-mannered Cigna health insurance executive turned whistle-blowing superman standing up for truth, justice and the American way. You may have seen Mr. Potter testifying before Congress or talking about the ills of the health insurance industrial complex on CNN or MSNBC or PBS, or in the pages of …

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Keeping an Eye on Insurance Rates in the Golden State

California consumer group pushing ballot initiative requiring regulatory approval for price hikes.

If there is one organization that insurers despise and fear more than any other, it surely must be Consumer Watchdog.

Since its founding in 1985, Los Angeles-based Consumer Watchdog has dogged insurers relentlessly and played a key role numerous times in forcing them to change business practices and price their policies more fairly. I first heard of the organization in 1996 when I was still an insurance industry …

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‘Occupy Wall Street’ Should Also Take Aim at Health Insurance Companies

Health insurers trade group is calling the tune in Washington.

The lobbyists for U.S. health insurers surely have to be feeling a little uneasy knowing that thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who have been marching and protesting in Washington as well as New York and other cities might target them in the days ahead. After all, the headquarters of the insurers’ biggest lobbying and PR group, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), at 601 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., is just blocks …

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