Today’s video is a revisitation of one of the most important interviews I’ve seen so far about the Health Care Reform issues. On a July, 2009 episode of Bill Moyers Journal, Mr. Wendell Porter; former executive for powerful health insurance company CIGNA, is on blowing a whistle on the practices in the industry. Of particular note was one of his statements:
The industry has always tried to make Americans think that government-run systems are the worst thing that could possibly happen to them, that if you even consider that, you’re heading down on the slippery slope towards socialism. So they have used scare tactics for years and years and years, to keep that from happening. If there were a broader program like our Medicare program, it could potentially reduce the profits of these big companies. So that is their biggest concern.
I don’t know Porter’s complete story. Perhaps he has an axe to grind with his former employer (though he indicated he left on his own steam). Perhaps he truly felt the road to redemption was through uncovering the shameful practices of the industry. Either way, the information shared in this interview needs to become a part of the health care discussion. If we leave the discussion up to the likes of these folks, we’re all in trouble: