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Wendell Potter testifies

Former health insurance industry exec and current health care reform advocate Wendell Potter (who will speak at an NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation on Tuesday the 29th) spoke before the House Democratic Steering Committee yesterday in Washington. His message: “don’t give up on the public option.”

But I have also expressed concern that if Congress goes along with the so-called ‘solutions’ the insurance industry says it is bringing to the table and acquiesces to the demands it is making of lawmakers, and if it fails to create a public insurance option to compete with private insurers, the bill it sends to the president might as well be called the Insurance Industry Profit Protection and Enhancement Act.”

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3 Comments

  1. Kimberly

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

    The GOP has already said that they will not agree to any of the proposed plans for Health Reform. They are firmly in the pockets of insurance companies and could care less about anyone else or how many individuals and families are suffering. If they have their way, the only Health Reform we will see is a mandate on coverage while still allowing insurance companies to overcharge those who have special health care needs. I think it is past time for the Democrats to stand firm on the Public Health Plan option and to tell the GOP that the Health Reform proposal that includes the Public Health Plan and provides subsidies not just tax credits is going to be passed and implemented with or without their support.

  2. Pamela Brown Hall

    September 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    The Democrats need to step up to the plate and pass Health Care Reform. Either that or agree to go without their own health insurance for one year to see how the little guy lives.

  3. Gina

    September 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Democrats, develop a spine, and do the right thing. Without competition, the public remains victims of a big highway robbery. If the insurance “industry” goes down, so be it. Their own medicine. We don’t need expensive middlemen, haven’t we learned that? We need to go to the Dr. without losing our house.