Insurance industry group now recycling strategy they used to go after Michael Moore

From ThinkProgress:

Wendell Potter, a former top CIGNA health insurance official, left his job recently and is trying to atone for his role in propagating what he called “Wall Street-run health care that has proven itself an untrustworthy partner to its customers, to the doctors and hospitals who deliver care and to the state and federal governments that attempt to regulate it.” Appearing on PBS two weeks ago, Potter also divulged that the private health care industry “was really concerned” with Michael Moore’s documentary SiCKO because Moore “hit the nail on the head with his movie.” Host Bill Moyers posted copies of internal strategy memos from AHIP, the trade group and lobbying juggernaut representing the health insurance industry, detailing how to discredit Moore and conduct a PR campaign to maintain the status quo.

Now, as Congress moves into high-gear for reforming health care, AHIP appears be positioning itself to defeat a public option by using the same playbook they used against Moore in 2007.

People on our side should be destroying the opposition. It should have been scorched earth a year ago. And only now we see our party organs, and our White House, striking back. Is this going to be the playbook for the entire administration? Just assuming we’re going to win, and not really fighting until we almost blow it? Yes, being the underdog and not fighting back until things get scary ultimately worked during the campaign, and the stimulus did pass after having nearly been lost. But how many times will this “let’s almost lose before we win” strategy bear fruit? How about actually trying to win from the beginning, and not just assuming that victories will be bestowed like the divine right of kings?


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