Former Health Insurance Exec Discusses Obamacare

09/30/13 Robert Lorei
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Wendell Potter

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Good afternoon, welcome to The last call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up this afternoon we'll talk about health care reform with a former top health insurance company executive- Wendell Potter.

The battle over the Affordable Care Act- so called Obamacare could lead to a government shutdown tonight.

Some House Republicans want the next fight in the battle over curbing the president's new health care law to be a delay in requiring people to buy health insurance. That would be the GOP's new condition for keeping the government open after a midnight deadline tonight....

According to Rep. Darrell Issa of California, some Republicans also want to require members of Congress and their aides to pay the entire cost of their health insurance. The government now pays three-fourths of their premiums

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Democratic-led chamber will reject the move, just as it rejected a one-year delay in so-called Obamacare earlier today.....

If you're one of the roughly 80 percent of Americans who already has health insurance through an employer or is enrolled in a government program like Medicare, the Act will not affect you directly. Beginning tomorrow (Oct. 1) new health insurance websites will debut in each state. These sites, called health insurance exchanges or marketplaces, are designed to serve those without insurance and those who buy insurance on their own. Floridians buying health care will have to rely on the federal government web site. We're joined now by Wendell Potter- a former high ranking health insurance company executive...., he is the president of Wendell Potter Consulting.

In testimony before the Senate Commerce, Science and Technology Committee in June 2009, Wendell disclosed how insurance companies, as part of their efforts to boost profits, have engaged in practices that have resulted in millions of Americans being forced into the ranks of the uninsured. Wendell also described how the insurance industry has developed and implemented strategic communications plans, based on deceptive public relations and advertising and lobbying efforts, to defeat or weaken reform initiatives.

In addition to his consulting business, he is a columnist at the Center for Public Integrity. A His book, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, was published in November 2010.


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