In an interview with PBS's Bill Moyers, a former insurance executive reveals a secret plan by the insurance industry to discredit Michael Moore's health care documentary, 'Sicko,' that also included lobbyists threatening negative, attack-style ads aimed at politicians supporting the formation of a government sponsored public health care option during election campaigns.
Wendell Potter, former Head of Corporate Communications at CIGNA (which provides health insurance to nearly 70 percent of the Fortune 100 companies) admits that, in fact, "Sicko" "hit the nail on the head" and told the real truth about how much better people in other countries have it when it comes to their health care.
In his first television interview since leaving the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter tells Bill Moyers 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. "I didn't intend to [speak out], until it became really clear to me that the industry is resorting to the same tactics they've used over the years, and particularly back in the early '90s, when they were leading the effort to kill the Clinton plan."
Part Two, this portion of the interview is where Potter talks about ithe insurance industry strategies of discrediting Michael Moore:
Now that the truth has come out and the insurance industry's efforts to destroy healthcare and discredit Michael Moore's efforts to inform the public about the truth regarding our healthcare system, we feel it is our duty to provide you the opportunity to view the film "SICKO" in its entirety. Enjoy:
SICKO by MICHAEL MOORE
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