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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
22 December 2010 | Wendell Potter | Filed under Deadly Spin
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 …
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.
Over 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 …
[Cross-posted on PRWatch.org, HuffingtonPost.com, and DailyKos.com.]
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 …