This is good timing for the testimony. We all remembered hearing the testimonies captured in Sicko with one of the same healthcare insurers. Since he is no longer employed and has some long tenure there could be a lot of information offered here. I don’t know how much more we need to hear and see as it’s almost daily news but hopefully efforts to bring some real transparency will work. BD
Washington, DC – Wendell Potter, a former health insurance industry insider, will testify before the full Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday June 24, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. EST, exposing the health insurance industry’s resistance to needed health care reform.
Mr. Potter spent more than 20 years as a public relations executive for two large health insurers - Cigna and Humana - but left the industry after witnessing practices he felt harmed American health care consumers. To him, there was a heart-breaking discrepancy between Americans struggling to find affordable, comprehensive coverage and wealthy insurance executives who based their premium charges – and coverage decisions – on profits rather than people’s health care needs. He has decided to come forward in the hopes of stopping the health insurance industry from once again derailing meaningful reform.
WHAT: Hearing on “Consumer Choices and Transparency in the Health Insurance Industry,”
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation
WHEN: Wednesday June 24, 2009 Hearing Start Time: 2:30 pm Press Pre-Set Time: 1:45 pm
WHERE: Room 253, Russell Senate Office Building