PR Watch Media Advisory for June 24, 2009:
Source - http://www.prwatch.org/node/8425
Contact: Page Metcalf, Center for Media and Democracy
Phone: (608) 260-9713
Email: editor AT prwatch.org
Former Executive Warns Congress: Don’t Be Fooled by For-Profit Industry’s Misleading Campaign
Washington, DC – Wendell Potter, a former health insurance industry insider, will testify before the full Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday June 24, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. EST, exposing the health insurance industry’s resistance to needed health care reform.
Mr. Potter spent more than 20 years as a public relations executive for two large health insurers - Cigna and Humana - but left the industry after witnessing practices he felt harmed American health care consumers. To him, there was a heart-breaking discrepancy between Americans struggling to find affordable, comprehensive coverage and wealthy insurance executives who based their premium charges – and coverage decisions – on profits rather than people’s health care needs. He has decided to come forward in the hopes of stopping the health insurance industry from once again derailing meaningful reform.