With almost 20 years inside the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter saw for-profit insurers hijack our health care system and put profits before patients. Now, he speaks with Bill Moyers about how those companies are standing in the way of health care reform.
There was nothing there that really surprised me. I already knew that this was exactly how public policy was crafted in America. Nevertheless, to have it confirmed so bluntly by someone who helped make it happen is just stunning.
Superwealthy corporations have been running the United States, buying tailor-made policy and a 20-year veteran of one of those corporations lays it all out.
In summary, the health insurance industry has been manipulating the US Congress to prevent health care reform. They have donated millions of dollars to senators and congressman and threatened those that disagree with them.
They have done everything possible to avoid paying for the medical treatment that people pay them to cover. They are directly responsible for millions and millions of Americans not having medical insurance.
They have been opposing a public insurance option by saying that it would place a bureaucrat between you and your doctor. What they don’t say is that there already is a bureaucrat standing between you and your doctor. That bureaucrat works for the insurance company and his job is to deny you medical treatment in order to preserve profits for his corporation’s stockholders.
They have been lying to Congress. They have been lying to the media. They have been lying to you. How many people have died because these people decided it would cost too much money to treat them?
The video is a half hour long, which I realize is longer than the attention span of most web surfers. However, if you are an American and you are not convinced about the government’s plan to provide a public health insurance option, you have to watch this interview. There’s also a transcript available if you’d prefer to read it.