Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Wendell Potter
- Publish Date: 2011-09-20
In June 2009, Wendell Potter made national headlines with his scorching testimony before the Senate panel on health care reform. This former senior VP of CIG NA explained how health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, how they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and how they skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public. Potter had walked away from a six-figure salary and two decades as an insurance executive because he could no longer abide the routine practices of an industry where the needs of sick and suffering Americans take a backseat to the bottom line-leading Michael Moore to call him the Daniel Ellsberg of corporate America.
In Deadly Spin, Potter takes readers behind the scenes to show how a huge chunk of our absurd health care spending actually bankrolls a propaganda campaign and lobbying effort focused on protecting one thing: profits. Potter shows how relentless PR assaults play an insidious role in our political process anywhere that corporate profits are at stake-from climate change to defense policy. Deadly Spin tells us why- and how-we must fight back.
Praise for Deadly Spin:
The health insurance industry's worst nightmare.-Portfolio.com
A gripping indictment.-Kate Pickert, Time
Wendell Potter is a straight shooter-and he hits the bulls-eye here with an exposÃ© of corporate power that reveals why real health care reform didn't happen, can't happen, and won't happen until that power is contained.-Bill Moyers