Don’t Turn Your Back on Ryan’s Medicare Plan

Health insurers likely to push privatized Medicare for their own benefit.

If you think Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare is dead, think again. After Ryan unveiled his plan earlier this year, there was such widespread criticism that it briefly became a political liability for the Republicans.

The GOP-controlled House of Representatives approved the plan, which would replace the existing Medicare program with vouchers that beneficiaries could use to buy coverage from private insurance. But Ryan’s blueprint never made …

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NHS Reform; ‘Don’t Follow the US Example.’

As the Coalition pursues its plans for fundamental reform of the NHS, Wendell Potter warns that Britain must be careful not to follow America too far down the road of the profit motive.

As someone who knows firsthand how the profit motive can wreck a healthcare system – leaving millions of people without coverage and millions of others unable to pay for care even if they do have insurance – I was alarmed to learn about the reforms to the

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‘How Everybody Exists’ Doesn’t Have To Be

If you want to know how things really get done in Washington — or don’t get done, depending on the desires of America’s corporate executives — all you have to do is read a couple of paragraphs in a Jan. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer story (see page 2).

Reporter Joe DiStefano quotes a vice president at APCO Worldwide — one of DC’s most powerful and influential PR firms — in response to questions about my book, Deadly Spin. Throughout the …

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This is Your Brain on Health Insurance

Wendell appeared at the Salt Lake City Main Library auditorium on Friday, Jan. 21. The King’s English Bookshop hosted the event and published this Q&A with him beforehand.

How is your life these days?
I’m happier than I’ve ever been. I smile more. I have more energy. I feel younger than I felt 20 years ago. I have more friends than I ever imagined I could have. I honestly feel joyous most of the time. I’m very grateful.

What is

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The Health Care Reform Fight Has Only Just Begun

Wendell has been on the road since Deadly Spin launched in early November. But now the new year is upon us and a new Congress is in session. It’s time to step up the fight.

Since you’ve checked out Wendell’s website, there’s a good chance you want to help. Here are a few ways you can:

  1. Encourage people to see Wendell live.
    He’s a powerful speaker. His full event schedule here.
  2. Simply direct folks to this website.
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Christmas Present: The Nation’s Progressive Honor Roll of 2010

The Nation, January 10/17, 2011
January 10/17, 2011

Yesterday, we were alerted to Wendell’s inclusion in The Nation’s “Progressive Honor Roll of 2010.” His response: “What an unexpected honor! What a Christmas present!”

And it is. The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine and, at least according to its marketing folks, “the most widely read journal of opinion.” It was founded by antislavery abolitionists in 1865 and 143 years later won the prestigious 2008 National Magazine Award for public interest journalism.

John Nichols, The

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Gratitudes & Giving — and How You, Too, Can Help

In the spirit of this season of giving, and in honor and memory of my father, who died earlier this month at age 93, I will be donating 10 percent of the royalties I receive from the sale of Deadly Spin to three organizations that are doing — as my dad would say — the Lord’s work.

Blaine Potter was a deeply religious man who tithed for at least half a century and probably more. A factory worker, Dad never …

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‘Friendly Reminder’: Fox’s Unbalanced Ethics Threatens Democracy

Faux News
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Anyone who still clings to the notion that Fox News is actually a news organization rather than a propaganda machine for special interests — and that it actually is led by journalists who adhere to the code of ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists — must read the leaked memos Media Matters for America disclosed this morning.

Under the heading of “Fox boss caught slanting news reporting,” Media Matters shared on its …

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Edelman’s Glass House

Edelman logoOver Thanksgiving week, the head of the global PR firm Edelman publicly complained about my tough critique of the damage the PR industry has done through campaigns that deceive consumers.

On the one hand, I was a bit surpised by Edelman’s rather absurd claim that I had “no right to say” that big PR firms have a reputation for deceiving people, and that I should not have called into question the (profit) motive of PR practitioners who are really just …

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Must ‘Ethical PR’ be an Oxymoron, Richard Edelman?

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A few days ago, the Sammie Lynn Puett Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) invited me to speak at the University of Tennessee’s PR Day. It was more of an honor to be asked than the students will ever know. I don’t think many of them knew I was a charter member of that PRSSA chapter back in the ’70s and that Sammie Lynn Puett, a revered figure on campus …

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