Bill Moyers Journal recently interviewed Wendell
Potter, who spent much of his career in corporate communications for health
insurance giants CIGNA and Humana. Every American concerned about affordable
and quality health care and the American political system should watch it.
Potter went public to tell the truth about how the health
insurance industry advances both its bottom line and its massive political
advocacy against meaningful health care reform.
Moyers asked Potter, “Why is the industry so powerful on both
sides of the aisle?” Potter’s
reply: “Well, money and relationships, ideology.”
The distinctive ideology Potter mentions deserves more national
dialogue and deeper understanding.
Toffler in his groundbreaking work Future Shock labeled the strict adherence to free market principles
Potter references “econo-think.”
A core belief is that investor profit drives
the material and moral “worth” of products and services, and is the metric of