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Insider on Health Insurance PR
WASHINGTON - The Bill Moyers Journal webpage states: "Last month, testimony in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation by a former health insurance insider named Wendell Potter made news even before it occurred: CBS News headlined: 'Cigna Whistleblower to Testify.' After Potter's testimony the industry scrambled to do damage control: 'Insurers defend rescissions, take heat for lack of transparency.'
"In his first television interview since leaving the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter tells Bill Moyers [Friday] why he left his successful career as the head of Public Relations for CIGNA, one of the nation's largest insurers, and decided to speak out against the industry."
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WENDELL POTTER, via Sari Williams
Now senior fellow on health care for the Center for Media and Democracy, Potter recently wrote: "In addition to my responsibilities at CIGNA, which included serving as the company's chief spokesman to the media on all corporate and financial matters, I also served on a lot of trade association committees and industry-financed coalitions, many of which were essentially front groups for insurers. So I was in a unique position to see not only how Wall Street analysts and investors influence decisions insurance company executives make but also how the industry has carried out behind-the-scenes PR and lobbying campaigns to kill or weaken any health care reform efforts that threatened insurers' profitability."
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