Two-Faced Anti-Reform Strategy

Wendell Potter, former CIGNA Healthcare Director of Communications explains the insurance industry practice of rescission


House Oversight Cmte. Hearing on Private Health Insurance

Washington D.C. (September 15, 2009) – Domestic Policy Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today announced the witness list for the upcoming two-part hearing entitled, “Between You and Your Doctor: the Bureaucracy of Private Health Insurance,” that will be held on September 16 and 17, 2009. The hearing will examine how the bureaucracy of private health insurance companies affects the medical care of patients.

Day One

On Wednesday, September 16 at 10:00 a.m. in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2154, the Subcommittee will hear testimony from:

Panel One

Mr. Mark Gendernalik
Father of Sidney Gendernalik, Los Angeles, California

Ms. Erinn Ackley
Daughter of William Ackley, Red Lodge, Montana

Dr. Mel Stern
Pediatrician, Highland, Maryland

Dr. Linda Peeno
Former review physician for Humana, Louisville, Kentucky

Mr. Wendell Potter
Former head of corporate communications for CIGNA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Panel Two

Ms. Karen Pollitz
Project Director, Health Policy Institute
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Mr. Michael Cannon
Director, Health Policy Studies
Cato Institute, Washington, DC

Watch Day One

Day Two

On Thursday, September 17, 2009, the Subcommittee on Domestic Policy held the second session of a two-part hearing entitled, “Between You and Your Doctor: the Bureaucracy of Private Health Insurance.” The hearing, took place in room 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, will examine how the bureaucracy of private health insurance companies affects the medical care of patients.

The Subcommittee heard testimony from:

Panel One

Mr. Richard A. Collins,
Senior Vice President of Underwriting, Pricing, and Healthcare Economics
United Healthcare Group
CEO, Golden Rule Insurance Company
President, UnitedHealthOne

Mr. Brian A. Sassi,
President and CEO, Consumer Business
Wellpoint, Inc.

Ms. Patricia Farrell,
National and International Business Solutions
Aetna Global Benefits and Medicaid
Aetna, Inc.

Mr. James H. Bloem,
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Humana, Inc.

Mr. Thomas Richards,
Senior Vice President of Product CIGNA Healthcare

Ms. Colleen Reitan,
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Health Care Service Corporation

Watch Day Two

The Health Insurance Racket – brave new films

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CIGNAs Edward Hanway spends his holidays in a $13 million beach house in New Jersey. Meanwhile, regular Americans are routinely denied coverage for the care they need when they need it most.

Welcome to the American health insurance industry. Instead of helping policyholders attain the health security they need for their families, big insurance companies get rich by denying coverage to patients. Now theyre sending lobbyists to Washington, DC to twist the arms of lawmakers to oppose reform of the status quo. Why? Because the status quo pays.

Learn more at about the glamorous lives of billionaire health insurance executives and tell us your story of being victimized by their greed.

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BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Money and Health Care Reform

Bill Moyers looks at the influence of money and lobbying on health care reform efforts in Washington, D.C. Bill Moyers Journal airs Friday nights at 9pm on PBS. Check your local listings.

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