Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Whistle-blower: Health care industry engaging in PR tactics

This is an interesting story on CNN: Whistle-blower: Health care industry engaging in PR tactics

Wendell Potter is a former vice president of corporate communications at Cigna. According to CNN:
He left his post in 2007 after Cigna's controversial handling of an insurance claim made by the family of a California teenager, Nataline Sarkysian. The Sarkysian family made repeated appeals at news conferences for Cigna to approve a liver transplant for the 17-year-old, who had leukemia. Cigna initially declined to cover the operation, then reversed its decision. Sarkysian died hours after the company's reversal.

In early July, Potter testified before the Senate Commerce Committee, telling senators that "I know from personal experience that members of Congress and the public have good reason to question the honesty and trustworthiness of the insurance industry."

Now a senior fellow on health care for the watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy, Potter writes a blog on health care reform. He is focusing on efforts to defeat legislation supporting a government health care plan -- something he supports.
To read the CNN story, click here.
To view Wendell Potter's blog, click here.

1 comment:

  1. This man's Mother should be very proud of him.