While the debate around President Obama’s Affordable Care Act presents the issue of healthcare reform as a battle between socialism and capitalism, in reality the legislation benefits for-profit insurance companies while putting in place some consumer protections. The Health insurance industry in fact helped craft the bill using a combination of slick PR moves outwardly supporting reform, and behind-the scenes front groups that viciously attacked real reform through a sophisticated disinformation campaign. We know that this is the two-prong strategy employed by insurance companies because one of their own top PR people quit in disgust and spilled the beans. His name is Wendell Potter and he worked as a top PR executive for Cigna for years before resigning and speaking out. Potter tells his story and how the Insurance industry works, in his new book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.
GUEST: Wendell Potter, Senior Fellow on Health Care at the Center for Media and Democracy, author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans
Watch the video of the entire interview with Wendell Potter here: http://uprisingradio.org/home/?p=17764