Profits Before Patients (2)

Wednesday, 29 July 2009 18:25 By Bill Moyers and Bill Moyers Journal, t r u t h o u t | Programming Note | name.

Profits Before Patients
A free health fair in New York City screens people for glaucoma. (Photo: AFP)

    Airtime: Friday, July 31, 2009, at 9:00 PM (EDT) on PBS (check local listings here).

    With almost 20 years inside the health insurance industry, Wendell Potter saw for-profit insurers hijack our health care system and put profits before patients. Now, he speaks with Bill Moyers about how those companies are standing in the way of health care reform. Potter spoke out against the industry for the first time last month. Testifying before the Senate Commerce Committee, he said, "Recently it became abundantly clear to me that the industry's charm offensive, which is the most visible part of a duplicitous and well-financed PR and lobbying campaign, may well shape reform in a way that benefits Wall Street far more than average Americans." Wendell Potter is a senior fellow on health care for the nonpartisan watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy, for which he writes a blog on health care reform.

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