I Used to Be a Propagandist for Insurance Companies. Learn the Four Truths the Insurance Industry Doesn’t Want Americans to See

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      Charles
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      ANALYSISHEALTH CARE   04.30.2019

      I Used to Be a Propagandist for Insurance Companies. Learn the Four Truths the Insurance Industry Doesn’t Want Americans to See

      Propagandists are trying to force Congress and voters to make fear-based choices about health care.

      By Wendell Potter

       

      If I were still working for a big health insurance company, I would have been busy over the past week writing talking points — some would even have a kernel of truth — for the industry’s allies to use during the House Rules Committee Medicare for All hearing today.

      The propaganda I used to churn out — and that my former colleagues still churn out — was intended to mislead, deceive and obscure the truth about the health care system in the United States. You can trust me on this. I was an insurance industry propagandist for nearly two decades.

      The objective of my work back then was to manipulate public opinion so that the Congress and the public, too, would carry water for health insurers, just like the industry’s allies will gladly do at tomorrow’s hearing. (The difference is they are paid water carriers.)

      Much of what will be said against Medicare for All at the hearing will be based on something people in the propaganda business call FUD. FUD stands for fear, uncertainty and doubt. The industry and its allies want Americans to fear Medicare for All, feel uncertain about it and doubt that it will be in patients’ best interests.

      Here is some of the FUD lawmakers are likely to hear — courtesy of the entrenched special interests in health care — followed by the truth the industry’s allies aim to obscure.

      FUD:We can’t afford Medicare for All. ….

       

       

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      elias39
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      I well remember how things changed in the 80s as the article describes. I was working for the State of NH and started out with a Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plan that covered virtually Everything. 100% in most cases. And then things began to switch over to HMOs. It has been downhill since then.

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      Kicked and recommended!

      Yes, Wendell, we know for sure they are lying to us. Their lies continue for 24/7/365. And their lies get an assist from every bribed member of congress and every talking head on TV. Their lies are the main reason for the existence of  the Democratic Party establishment. Otherwise they would have little purpose.

      I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".

      Me

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