Profits Before Patients

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    My name is Wendell Potter and for twenty years I worked as a Senior Executive at health insurance companies, and I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick - all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.

    I know from personal experience that Members of Congress and the Public have good reason to question the honesty and trustworthiness of the health insurance industry. Insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and the make it nearly impossible to understand - or even obtain- the information we need.

    Part 1
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-M10jDkmm0]YouTube - BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Preview: Wendell Potter pt. 1 | PBS[/ame]

    Part 2
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv1FwOCNoZ8&feature=channel]YouTube - BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Preview: Wendell Potter pt 2 | PBS[/ame]

    Full Interview
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QwX_soZ1GI&NR=1]YouTube - BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Wendell Potter | PBS[/ame]


    Testimony of Wendell Potter Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
     
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    The World Health Organization's ranking of the world's health systems

    1 France
    2 Italy
    3 San Marino
    4 Andorra
    5 Malta
    6 Singapore
    7 Spain
    8 Oman
    9 Austria
    10 Japan
    11 Norway
    12 Portugal
    13 Monaco
    14 Greece
    15 Iceland
    16 Luxembourg
    17 Netherlands
    18 United Kingdom
    19 Ireland
    20 Switzerland
    21 Belgium
    22 Colombia
    23 Sweden
    24 Cyprus
    25 Germany
    26 Saudi Arabia
    27 United Arab Emirates
    28 Israel
    29 Morocco
    30 Canada
    31 Finland
    32 Australia
    33 Chile
    34 Denmark
    35 Dominica
    36 Costa Rica
    37 United States of America

    38 Slovenia
    39 Cuba
    40 Brunei
    41 New Zealand
    42 Bahrain
    43 Croatia
    44 Qatar
    45 Kuwait
    46 Barbados
    47 Thailand
    48 Czech Republic
    49 Malaysia
    50 Poland

    http://www.photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html
     
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    I reiterate; what do you want from your hired paper-pushers, Million Dollar Executives with Corporate Jets and gold plated eating utensils or modestly paid middle-class bureaucrats?

    Social Security, managed by decently paid, middle class bureaucrats working directly for you, runs at an efficiency of less than 1% of FICA tax dollars for all overhead and administration, in spite of the involvement of congress. Dedicated taxes work for things like insurance.

    -Joe
     
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