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He Heard A Voice Say

I know I’ve told you how much I heart newspapers, but allow me to tell you once more. I LURVE newspapers. They provide about 80% of the content we comment on around here, even more when the Legislature is out of session. That said, newspapers also give us great columnists who tell us about people we’d have no way of discovering otherwise. Such was the case when I read Nicholas Kristof’s NYT column on – wait for it – health care reform. Kristof introduced me to Wendell Potter the former Cigna executive who got religion on reform when he “dropped in on a three-day charity program at a county fairgrounds to provide medical care for patients who could not afford doctors. Long lines of people were waiting in the rain, and patients were being examined and treated in public in stalls intended for livestock.”

That’s right, just like a little baby long, long ago (if you believe the stories), sick people were forced to seek refuge in lowly mangers, finding only there the care and succor they needed. An oldie but, apparently, goody enough to last into the 21st century. Now, since business types like to listen to other business types, rather than dyspeptic left-wing lady bloggers, I’ll let Potter lay it down for whatever business types stumble upon this post:

Mr. Potter argues that much tougher regulation is essential. He also believes that a robust public option is an essential part of any health reform, to compete with for-profit insurers and keep them honest.”

That’s a Road to Damascus moment I can get behind. Read more at Wendell Potter’s own blog.

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