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Corporate Bureaucrats Between You and Your Doctor

August 14, 2009

In light of the AstroTurf outrage promoted by right-wing organizations, media pundits and lobbying firms over the health care reform legislation, I thought it would be appropriate to remember the reason we need reform in the first place.
In this interview with Bill Moyers, Wendell Potter, former head of corporate communications for CIGNA, reveals how the current system works and how the insurance companies, drug manufacturers and hospital conglomerates want our health care system to remain exactly as it is. Business is booming and they want those dollars to keep rolling in.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2009 9:06 am

    It’s interesting that those tattoos do a better job of realistically representing the cephalopod eye (the one that’s visible in each, anyway!) than most cartoons do. There are probably cartoony versions of cephalopods on tattoos too though.

  2. Gerry L permalink
    August 15, 2009 8:08 pm

    Actually, the insurance industry is giddy with the prospect that a form of healthcare reform will pass — as long as it doesn’t include a public option.
    In their ideal world, everyone will be required to buy health insurance — from them. And if someone can’t afford the price, their premiums will be subsidized with tax dollars.
    Everyone in the country will be tithing to the insurance companies. And a portion of our premiums (including those covered by our taxes) will be used to pay lobbying firms who will work hard to make sure they continue to get their way.

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