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Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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One day Potter had an awakening and realized what he was doing was wrong leaving the industry that had nurtured him and becoming an advocate for proper health care and a government based system to force corporations to play fair. He just couldn't stomach hiding greed behind the veneer of double speak falling into a rabbit hole with language that only George Orwell would recognize. He chronicles his rise in the industry and his disillusionment and how the media is manipulated, patients, government to make decisions that are profiting major corporations at the cost of our health and lives.Read more ›
I worked in the financial industry for 25 years. Nothing I saw there was as heinous as what is revealed in this book. Put simply, Wall Street may take away people's money, but health insurance companies take away people's lives.
Author Wendell Potter was an insurance company executive, heading up a PR department. For years, he participated in the shameless pursuit of profits over lives until he finally came face to face with the effects on real people of what he was doing. Visiting a clinic set up on a fair ground offering free health care to those who had no insurance and no means to pay for health care, he saw ordinary hardworking people reduced to being treated in animal stalls.
He has written about his experience in the health insurance industry, as well as his epiphany, in a straightforward manner, making it more powerful than if he had penned an hysterical screed. He takes us, step by step through the changes in the health insurance industry from a privately held companies offering true health insurance to the modern publicly owned companies whose focus is on profits rather than health.Read more ›
Universal health coverage began under Germany's Otto Von Bismarck in 1883, with Social Security following in 1889.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very good to understand the management and policy application perspectives from small to larger health care providing entities. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tahir Mohammad
Excellent read from start to finish for anyone interested in the role of PR in the health care industry. Wendell Potter's writing is crisp and descriptive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A.C. Szul
Should be required reading in schools. Helps explain why for profit corporations should not be in the health care business. Read morePublished 4 months ago by stacy thomas
Documented exactly the problems I have been having with the insurance companies. Written by an insider who should know.Published 7 months ago by K. Parker
One of the best books on the healthcare system that I've ever read.Published 7 months ago by Dan Burke
For a few years, I had the "opportunity" to be the medical director of a small(20,000 lives covered, as they say in the health insurance industry) Health Maintenance... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cullain
This book was recommended to me by a friend. I read it cover to cover. What an eye-opening expose on what happens behind the scenes in the insurance industry. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Terri Cruze