October 13th, 2009
03:31 PM ET
12 years ago

MoveOn.org targets Senate Finance Committee on public option

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/13/art.moveon.org.jpg caption="Wendell Potter, a former health insurance executive, calls the Senate Finance Committee's bill a 'dream come true' for the insurance industry."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A former health insurance executive calls the Senate Finance Committee's bill a "dream come true" for the insurance industry in a new ad released Tuesday by MoveOn.org.

The liberal advocacy group, which has run ads pressuring members ofthe Committee over their lack of support for a public health insurance option - is targeting the Finance Committee for excluding a government-run insurance program from its health care bill. The committee is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

"Take it from me, the Senate Finance bill is a dream come true for the health insurance industry," Wendell Potter, former executive at health insurance companies CIGNA and Humana, says in the ad. "If there's no public option, insurance companies aren't going to change. The choice of a public health insurance option is the only way to keep insurance companies honest."

The ad will run on national cable for a week.

Filed under: Health care
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I agree completely with Mr. Potter. PUBLIC OPTION is the only way to keep the insurance companies honest.
    When debating a public option consider this people:
    -47,000,000 with coverage
    -47,000,000 patients that will require PCP's
    -putting doctors to work
    -will make insurance companies cut cost to compete or else their subscribers will drop their plan and then go to a public option.

    Now I know those on the right are afraid of the last point I made. If insurance companies are afraid of people dropping their coverage, they will lower their rates. The public option is the way to extort the insurance companies. They've been extorting the American people for sooo long, it's about time they had a dose of their own medicaine.

    October 13, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Mike in MN

    Wow! Obama is going to hold a press conference in an hour or so to publicly tout the passage of the Baucus bill. He must like and support it. MoveON.org is running a new ad opposing it. MoveON.org is an un-American and racist organization because they are opposing Obama on health care reform.

    October 13, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. MoveOn.org

    You can always trust us at MoveOn.org to support the things which weaken America.

    October 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Of course the thugs and crooks that make up moveon.org would target honest lawmakers, or anyone who is honest. Honesty goes against their values and creed. Remember "Pertraus Betray Us" campaign they ran. Dishonest as could be, yet George Soros and the unions keep propping them up like the do ACORN. Subversive,mean spiritied, racist, anti feminist liberals, dedicated to the destruction of the values of this country.

    October 13, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. HJA

    "If there's no public option, insurance companies aren't going to change. The choice of a public health insurance option is the only way to keep insurance companies honest."

    Really? Now there's a stroke of genius. Can't imagine why the insurance industry is against a public option.


    October 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Who knows best? The GOPers in Congress, who spew ideological verbal-turds about how the market is supposedly magic and regulates and fixes itself and if we just trust the insurance industry it will fix itself....two monkeys who have confused their ideal of how the world should work with how it actually does....OR...this guy, who worked on the inside, has seen it all, knows from first hand experience how it all goes down and isn't being paid by or receiving donations from the insurance industry? Baucus is another story. He should be burned at the stake...not for heresy...for cowardice.

    October 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. DSA

    This guy hits the nail on the head!

    We need the public option!

    October 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Glen Beck is Rush Limbaugh's Evil Spawn

    This man is a true American hero! Thank you, Mr. Potter, for bringing the dirty dealings of the Health Insurance Cartel out into the light of day so all Americans can see how under-handed they are.

    October 13, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. ProfBill

    I heard this gentleman speak outside the Augusta, ME courthouse last week to a crowd of 120 people (who had to stand in the rain). He has first hand information on the abominable practices of the industry he once worked for, and is a very moving speaker. We must protect ourselves from the avaricious greed of these "insurance" companies by helping pass real health care reform in the form of a strong public option!

    October 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. Movinonup

    I personally could care less what Movinonup.org says about anything and will mute the tv when their leftist communist belief ads come on. Just another acorn type org.

    October 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. Fred - MO

    We the people demand a good thought out "Public Option". Those congressman that are against it should have their insurance revolt immediately. I'm sick of the circus that the rich GOpers are parading and they need to get on board now. Those guys are rich and do not care about the average american.....Their ideas are old and we are sick of it... period.

    October 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Randolph Carter

    A public option would pass in the house where representation is porportional to population. It would not pass in the senate where representation is split evenly among the states, even the ones with much smaller populations. This tells me that the majority does want a public option and that we're being held back, once again, by the hick states. Have a nice day!

    October 13, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. JP

    Since MoveOn.org is wrong on every issue this is a plus for Potter. If Hitler had called you a piece of crap would it matter.

    October 13, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. Sniffit


    Oh no no no...Carter was way off base on his observations about racist underpinnings in the opposition to all things Obama.

    /end sarcasm

    October 13, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Chas in Iowa

    Grassley dump in tort reform, manditory coverage and then voted against the bill after filling it full of garbage without a public option. It couldn't have been written better if the insurance companies themselves wrote it. Of course we know where Chuck's campain money comes from don't we (the insurance lobbyists).
    Time for Chuck to take himself and his supporters (the insurance companies) home to the farm.

    October 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. yuri

    If the bill passes in both the chambers eventually, it will be a bolt from the blue for the GOP and their insurance industry henchmen.

    October 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. center left

    The lobbyist are scare of a "Public Option and the Consumer Protection Agency that mean its good for the American people.

    October 13, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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