Wendell Potter apologizes to Michael Moore

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    Wendell Potter: "My Apologies to Michael Moore and the Health Insurance Industry" | Center for Media and Democracy

    In advance of my appearance with Michael Moore on Countdown with Keith Olbermann tonight on MSNBC (8 and 11 p.m. ET), I would like to offer an apology to both Moore and his arch enemy, the health insurance industry, which spent a lot of policyholder premiums in 2007 to attack his movie, Sicko.

    I need to apologize to Moore for the role I played in the insurance industry's public relations attack campaign again him and Sicko, which was about the increasingly unfair and dysfunctional U.S. health care system. (I was head of corporate communications at one of the country's biggest insurance companies when I left my job in May 2008.) And I need to apologize to health insurers for failing to note in my new book, Deadly Spin, that the front group they used to attack Moore and Sicko -- Health Care America -- was originally a front group for drug companies. APCO Worldwide, the PR firm that operated the front group for insurers during the summer of 2007, was outraged -- outraged, I tell you -- that I wrote in the book that the raison d'ĂȘtre for Health Care America was to disseminate the insurance industry's talking points as part of a multi-pronged, fear-mongering campaign against Moore and his movie. An APCO executive told a reporter who had reviewed the book that I was guilty of one of the deceptive PR tactics I condemned: the selective disclosure of information to manipulate public opinion. <more>
     
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    The Republicans and their corporate lobbyist friends are doing everything they can to destroy America.

    They must be stopped.
     
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    Thats why we quickly need a health care bill passed by the Democrats who are in power of both the senate and house that will force everyone into buying insurance from the insurance companies, the big bad insur...

    Oh wait it already happened
     
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    No, that's why we need national health insurance.

    But thanks for trying.
     
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    Lets get a worse system in place and ignore who was in was paid off while in power for this to go into law.

    Thank you for playing.
     
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    Wrong.

    We should just copy the French system.

    It is the best in the world, and it works much better than ours.
     
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    And, voila, a new status quo and new defenders of the new status quo.
     
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    And spend even more money. That seems like a good solution to me.
     
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    The French spend half of what the US does, and it's the best.
     

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