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A health care 'Judas' recounts his conversion
A clinic such as this, where countless uninsured line up at dawn for free medical care, convinced one man to quit his Cigna job.
June 27th, 2012
01:46 PM ET

A health care 'Judas' recounts his conversion

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - When Wendell Potter first saw them, he froze.

“It felt like touching an electrical fence,” he says. “I remember tearing up and thinking, how could this be real.”

Thousands of them had lined up under a cloudy sky in an open field. Many had camped out the night before. When their turns came, doctors treated them in animal stalls and on gurneys placed on rain-soaked sidewalks.

They were Americans who needed basic medical care. Potter had driven to the Wise County Fairgrounds in Virginia in July 2007 after reading that a group called Remote Area Medical, which flew American doctors to remote Third World villages, was hosting a free outdoor clinic.

Potter, a Cigna health care executive who ate from gold-rimmed silverware in corporate jets, says that morning was his “Road to Damascus” experience.

“It looked like a refugee camp,” Potter says. “It just hit me like a bolt of lightning. What I was doing for a living was making it necessary for people to resort to getting care in animal stalls.”

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is a colossal legal and political issue. For Potter, though, the issue became a crisis of faith.

For the last three years, Potter has been one of the most visible supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care legislation. He has testified before Congress, appeared on countless talk shows and written a tell-all book on the health care industry called "Deadly Spin." With his Southern drawl and mild professorial manner, he has been described as a health care industry “Judas” in some media accounts.

Yet none of the media coverage of Potter has explored what drove his conversion - his faith. Potter was raised as a Southern Baptist in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he says his parents instilled in him an appreciation for helping others.

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He says the New Testament is filled with Jesus providing universal health care - he healed the poor and outcast.

“Christians needed to be reminded of what Jesus did,” Potter says.  “It was important to him for people to have access to healing care. That’s what he did. A lot of people of faith lose sight of that.”

A health care hit man

Potter says he lost sight of that because the health care issue was an abstraction to him when he worked at Cigna as a public relations executive. Part of his job was to snuff out stories in the media that made the health care industry look bad.

But his visit to that free clinic in Virginia that July morning shook him. In a column that he wrote for the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization, where he works as a senior analyst, he wrote:

“Until that day, I had been able to think, talk and write about the U.S. health care system and the uninsured in the abstract, as if real-life human beings were not involved.”

Yet even after that visit to the clinic, Potter says, he still stayed with his Cigna job. He had a son and a daughter, a six-figure salary, bonuses.  He felt trapped even as he resumed his job.

“It was always gnawing at me,” he says of the experience at the clinic.

There was another reason he couldn’t leave his job.  It was his identity.

Wendell Potter was moved by his faith to quit his Cigna job.

“Our egos are tied to our jobs even if the jobs we’re doing are not what we thought we were going to be doing,” he says. “Our jobs, to a certain extent, help define who we are.”

Potter found a new source of identity - his faith. He read the Bible and found particular solace in the New Testament book of Philippians, where the Apostle Paul advises Christians to “cast all their anxiety” on God. He also read “Profiles in Courage” to fortify his resolve.

He finally quit, and eventually became one of the most visible advocates for health care reform.

“I felt that if I were on my death bed and looked back on my life and realized that I had not taken this risk to do the right thing, I would have huge regrets,” he says.

Why churches are silent

Potter now spends some of his time talking to churches. He says an estimated 45,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have insurance that provides them access to the care they need.

“This doesn’t happen in any other developed country in the world, and it should not happen here, the richest nation on the planet,” he says.

When he takes this message to churches, some shut their doors, he says. They don’t want to hear him. Pastors know the debate over health care divides their congregations.

“A lot of pastors are just too afraid to get involved in this and step up and say this is a moral issue,” he says. “They’re afraid of offending their parishioners.”

Some of Potter’s most consistent supporters, though, are former colleagues in the health care industry.  "I've had calls and emails from people I used to work with in the industry who thank me quietly," he says.

No matter what the Supreme Court decides, Potter says health care changes are inevitable. The current system of for-profit health insurance companies is not sustainable. He says some Americans dismiss the uninsured, but they don’t realize how close they are to joining them.

He says many of the people who attended the Remote Area Medical clinic were working people. Their jobs simply didn’t provide enough good medical care. While many companies provide health insurance to people with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, most people with these maladies wouldn’t get coverage if they suddenly lost their job.

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“Most of us are just a layoff from losing it,” he says of health insurance.

Potter can’t guess what the Supreme Court will decide, but he has predicted what the United States will look like if the health care law is struck down.

We’ve already seen that future in a book and movie called “The Hunger Games," he wrote in a recent column.

"The Hunger Games" depicts a future America renamed Panem, where the government is disconnected from the people who struggle every day for basic needs such as medical care while the wealthy have access to modern medicine, he wrote.

“This society-gone-bad scenario of denying basic care to citizens based on their income or social status seems on the big screen not only cruel and unusual but even incomprehensible,” he wrote. “In fact, it’s occurring every day in what is still called the United States.”

Potter didn’t have to see that future on the screen. He’d already seen it in Virginia, where doctors cared for Americans in animal stalls.

- CNN Writer

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soundoff (1,958 Responses)
  1. Name*Chedar

    Those 3 SCOTUS justices are completely useless and should be impeach. Get rid of them quick. Otherwise, they are injustice to the American people.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  2. Logical Song

    The morbidly obese woman in the picture and others like her who refuse to take responsibility for their health are the real "elephant" in the room. Humans are by and large born with a healthy body, but bad choices, bad parents, bad diets, etc. lead them down the road to a ruinous health. Tell me again why I'm responsible for the obesity crisis in America, because I seem to have forgotten. Obamacare is nothing more than a payoff to the medical and insurance lobbies, and does nothing to address the two issues of personal responsibility and exploding costs.

    How in the world did our grandparents and great grandparents build this great nation without government subsidized health care? How did they survive the Great Depression, win World War II, put a man on the moon, etc. without free medical care? When did people completely abdicate personal responsibility, decide it was OK to eat, drink, and smoke themselves into oblivion, and then expect somebody else to fix their ills? It's pathetic, and will be the undoing of the once great nation.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  3. LivinginVA

    Bob Dole, Orrin Hatch, Newt Gingrich and other prominent Republicans supported the idea of individual mandate in the '90s. It was only when the Democrats suggested it that they decided they didn't like.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  4. bobchonger

    You can announce that on Tuesday you will give away 100 dollars to everyone at the corner of main st and wall st. And still, only 80% of the population will show up. Even if you mention you will fine them 10 dollars for not showing.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Tom

      Add to this that you will take 500$ first, keep 400$ for decoration, and give them 100% of remaining money, and all democrats will show up.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  5. juan

    I am not a person that believes in organized religion but I do believe a higher power exists. I am glad to see that a so called religious person has a heart and wants to care for others. I hope the rest of the religious crowd grow a .... heart and do the right thing..

    June 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  6. Danno

    Keep trying CNN. Maybe someday we won't need your liberal slime any more.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Dee

      Why is this "slime"? Please explain.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • juan

      Maybe someday we will nolonger need you..

      June 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Arch

      lol. you mist really hate yourself, danno.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Ryan C

      There's no logic in people like you. Reactionary ignorance. Your kind represent the biggest obstacle in creating an ethical species.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • deathwombat

      Um, hi. I'm just wondering if you could explain why it would be a bad thing for everyone to have basic health insurance? I live in Canada and no one here is uninsured. There are still for-profit health insurance plans that go above and beyond the basic insurance, but no one in this country ever dies from lack of access to basic care. In fact, no one in any Western nation does from a lack of insurance except in the United States. I'm not clear on why some people seem to think that's a good thing.

      I realize that no one likes paying taxes, but if you're already paying for private health insurance, then you'd almost certainly be paying less if there was a basic public health insurance plan. You see, non-profit public insurance plans cost less than for-profit health insurance plans because... well... because the for-profit health insurance plans need to make a profit. I also realize that no one wants to pay for someone else's health insurance but, unless you're extremely rich, you won't be. Unless you've very wealthy, someone richer than you will be paying part of your health insurance, so you really have nothing to complain about unless you're rich. And if you are rich, well, you still really can't complain that much because, you know, you're rich!

      So, I'm just really unable to comprehend how someone has convinced you that universal health insurance would be a bad thing. It works in every other wealthy, Western nation. Obviously the people who profit off of private health insurance want you to think that public health insurance would be bad, but did they ever come up with an explanation why it would be a bad thing in America when it's a good thing everywhere else?

      June 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
  7. SteveOfTx

    Wow, this is such a good article. I myself have posted comments several times that if anyone wanted to see the Republican vision for the United States, they should see or read "The Hunger Games". Good job.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  8. andrew

    Sooner or later we'll identify other 'groups' of people the way we've identified this 'group' who Potter saw getting health care in animal stalls.One of the next 'groups' to be identified will consist of the 'privileged ones' who despise the poor for getting sick and seek to deny them more than animal shelters. Just like the cold hearted 'group' who support Arizona's immigration law. Same cold hearts, different issue.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • T. Wagner

      When does cold hearted have anything to do with enforcing the law of the land for illegal aliens. We have laws for a propose. Try going to traffic court and telling the Judge that sign with 55 on it is for everybody else but you. He will laugh in you face.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
  9. Dorchadas

    The number of people whining about other people taking their money here is pretty hilarious. I mean, under the current system, people ALREADY "take your money," except you don't get any benefit from it and still have to pay for it yourself. Under a single-payer system, that wouldn't happen.

    Proof: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/46/2/38980580.pdf

    June 27, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • dnick47

      Adding a bit to your point: If health care insurance were not such a cash cow to the insurance industry they would not be fighting it hook and nail; but it is and they are hauling in loads of money which they inturn "loan out" at high interest to make even more money. People, its not about "death squads", "choosing your own doctor" "being denied" etc. and so forth it about money pure and simple. The fact that Humana, Prudential, Aetne, State Farm, and GOK who else are in it is because its a cash cow and ditto for Rx coverage – the number of pharmacies in any given city is enourmous and all the bigger retailers are in it as a "convenience" to their shoppers – bull – the convenience is to their bottom line there is big money being made at every level of Rx drugs and the insurance to pay for the inflated cost to you and to me. Some will cry socialism – BUNK, cry greed and you will be closer to the truth. Or using itss name under the seven deadly sins: avarice.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  10. pogojo

    This all started for the benifet of 30 million people that cannot afford private insurance, so they ruin healthcare for the other 300 million

    June 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • LOWELL

      There's 38 million ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS running around in America. The SAME group that Obama wants to be allowed to vote WITHOUT IDENTIFICATION

      June 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Dee

      Lowell, that is a load of B S. And you know it.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • T. Wagner

      AMEN so well said!

      June 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Duh

      You two sound like complete and utter imbeciles.
      No one can VOTE unless they are a citizen. No Illegal has ever voted. And PRESIDENT Obama does not wish for any non-citizen to vote. But the REPUBLOTRAITORS do. They would let corporations vote tomorrow if it was up to them. They allow non-citizens "vote" by allowing blind campaign funding by corporations which no telling who is funding the PACs. So, any foreign national can be "voting" through their money in the treasonous REPUBLOTRAITOR world of corporatism.
      KILL THE GOP.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • dnick47

      @ pogojo Bunk... its not affordable because its made unaffordable. When (and I hope its soon) you find your self on the outside looking in and the cost of your COBRA health insurance hits you in the face realizing how huge a chunk it will take out of your meager unemployment check, then you will be less arrogant. Also, when you do not have insurance and need to see your doctor and his receptionist (who does his.her dirty work) more or less tells you, "No insurance? Sorry, he's booked up for 5-years and 360 days." Try the local ER." click – You then think, "I thought doctor Pough was my friend?" Then think on it.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  11. Bob Zanis

    We live in a society where people want others to take care of them. The picture of this story is a perfect example. You think the bloated woman in the picture cares about her health? Absolutely not, what she heard and what made her attend the "clinic" was the word FREE. Ask her the last time she ate a cheeseburger from some fast food chain, smoked a cigarette, sat on the couch. Then ask her when she last excercised, read a book, took a class, went to work....

    It's not the governments job to be the clean up crew to the idiots in the country... the banks, the unhealthy and the poor. It does just that, so the US ends up breading these low-lifes because of that safety net provided. This cycle will continue until people are forced to provide for themselves or go hungry.

    Solution: Withdraw forces overseas, Properly fund the education system, And put leaders in power who set the example, not just speak of what they "will do when elected/re-elected"

    June 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • SS

      cannot agree more. Very true.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Dee

      The bloated congress people are lucky they have health care.....they can stuff their greedy maws and not have to worry about the consequences.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Duh

      You must be another "Christofascist" Yeah, people seek healthcare because they need HELP you friggin total moron. Help is from others, so yes, they are seeking others involvement in their life. And, the obesity epidemic can be DIRECTLY tied to REpublicans and corporate interest. Sugar: The Bitter Truth. Watch it an learn something you utter contemptible human being.
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM&w=640&h=360]

      June 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Arch

      exaggerate much there, Bob. and while your at it, you're kinda like dr. first, able to diagnose from afar – how does a guy with all your talent have enough time to spend typing on a website. a wonder.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • Bob Zanis

      @DUH – Well said Sir/Ma'am. Not sure what a Christofascist is supposed to be, but I can assure you I am not. I am not opposed to people who actually need help receiving it. I am opposed to the lazy who abuse the system so easily. My arguement is non-political, a reference to a movie doesn't bring much weight to your arguement, especially since you were not able to cite anything of value in your knee jerk reaction of a reply.

      @ Arch- Where is the exaggeration? Who is Dr First? But I am deeply embedded in our government, so my "diagonses" as you put it, is more from beside... I see these people first hand. They think not for their own welfare as they have this notion that no matter how bad they let it get, some one will help them. And they are probably right. My "talent" for reading and typing is a skill I was able to acquire in middle school, hopefully your reply won't be as time consuming. Thanks though.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Ed

      I really don't believe that restricting health care to those who are willing or able to work hard enough to afford it will fix our country. Health care is really not that elastic of a demand service that, providing it to the poor/disabled in our country, is the problem. I'm afraid big money politics, with simple one liner policies that hide the real truth, are the problem. Healthcare needs to be reformed. Obamacare stinks. I don't know what it will take for us all to wake up to the real need. As an Independent with more libertarian leanings than most, I think healthcare is in a different category.....should be included under the definition of the right to life......???? by the way, I agree completely with your other points.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  12. Bad Karma

    Love thy Brother as Thyself, how many Christians missed that lesson? Universal Healthcare is the most basic form of Brotherly Love!

    June 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • JE

      Amen. Exactly.

      Christians read the Bible and believe in/follow Jesus' teaching.

      Modern-day Pharisees don't (but they call themselves Christians nonetheless).

      June 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Oilfield help

      How do you plan to pay for all of this free stuff that everyone should have?

      June 27, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  13. Katie

    Well, one guy saw the real truth of the state of health care in America today. Where I live there is a clinic that is only open on Weds evenings – every single person who works there volunteers their time and there is a small auxilliary staff that does nothing but fundraise or gets places to donate equipment. People start lining up to be seen around nine am, and they wait until the doors open at four-thirty. They pay what and if they can. These aren't freeloaders. These are people who have no insurance who want to see a doctor but don't have something that requires an emergency room. It's unbelievably sad to see them waiting all day like that, sometimes with children, sometimes in the rain. This is America. We're supposed to have the best health care in the world and yet we have a system in place where standing hours in the rain for health care is the only way some people get it.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • JE

      Well said.

      This is compassion; this is reality; this is the reason the greatest nation in the world has to get its act together and make sure all Americans have access to healthcare.

      It's shameful that we are where we are....and are arguing about it like it doesn't really matter.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • T. Wagner

      I see these poor Americans line up early at the welfare office and food stamp office also.How dare this Government makes these people line up for something free. Doesn't this Government understand they have busy schedules.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  14. Ccc

    Most executives in managed health care support reform, and are genuinely interested in fixing the system. I was recently in a meeting about fixing a broken system of care for people who are residents of nursing homes. You may not know it, but these people get admitted to hospitals four times more frequently than they need to. Why? Because the nursing home gets paid the full going rate while the patient is away, then gets paid nearly double the daily rate for the first hundred days after they get back. The doctor gets paid $80 a visit to see someone in the nursing home, but it goes up to $120 a visit to see that same person in the hospital. And the hospital? They get up to $10,000 for four or five days to provide the same services the patient could have received in the nursing home. Anyone see anything wrong with this picture?

    June 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  15. Lyle

    No kidding!
    Most people have no idea, and unfortunately do not seem to care.
    Christianity is a wonderful religion, but unfortunately most Christians only give it "lip service", and go on with their lives as if their Sunday contribution resolved their responsibility to be good, and caring people, as Jesus was.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Richie

      A-men Brother !!

      June 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • JE

      I second that amen!

      June 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  16. redone

    So, how do those same people buy health insurance? If they couldn't afford it before, how does this new law help them? I don't think I understand how this would be a benifit to anyone. I gave up a dream because I had to find work that would supply health insurance. I didn't mess around. Grocery store clerk have a union and health insurance. So, how does passing a law that everyone has to have health insurance help them if they can't afford it? Someone needs to look up the definition of Liberty, in the negative.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Lyle

      If you have a better idea, suggest it, people will listen to real ideas!

      June 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Richie

      The ACA ( Obama care) is based on your net earnings.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • alboze

      This isn't about helping people to get healthcare, it's about a politician fulfilling a promise to his donors, the insurance companies. Just follow the money and see who really stands to gain from this law and you will know the truth.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • redone

      Yeah, I have a suggestion. Go get a job that provides health insurance. I did. I gave up seven years and a bachelors degree in fine arts and a career as a designer to go get a job that will give me health insurance. My problem is solved.

      But for those people who are too sick to work, I don't see how this law will help them or us, who pay taxes. Yes, reform is needed. Forcing people who can't afford health insurance to buy it doesn't solve the problem of abusive hospial and insurance care tor those that have it. People have got to eat.

      June 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • redone

      Thank you, Alboze. You hit the nail right on the head.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • Mike

      I do like some provisions of "Obamacare" – mostly the ability to put my 20 year old daughter on my health plan. (She would not otherwise qualify to be on my health plan as she is only a "part time" student living out of state). Insofar as the "everyone must buy health insurance" provision, I would like to see the policies and pricing that are supposed to be required of the uninsured. It's like being told you will have to buy a car, but you are not being told what model, year, condition, or how much it's going to cost you. You just have to sign a blank check and wait and see what arrives...

      I firmly support some measure of universal healthcare, but I get the feeling that this plan will allow the health insurance corporations skim more profits off the American taxpayer and not really offer the people much in the way of a benefit.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • check it out

      What Obama has done is provide a way for the American People to get health insurance. If you read the complete article Mr. Potter said the current "for profit" health insurance companies are not sustainable. No person or company should make money off peoples poor health. And before everyone says that they cause their own problems here is an example of a personal issue. My two year old grandson was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia, one of the most "curable" of the childhood cancers. That was 8 years and he is still in treatment. He has relapsed several times and also had a bone marrow transplant. With complications he has spent literally YEARS in the hospital. The cost is beyond belief and if it wasn't for medicaid and social security we really don't know what the outcome would be. I can't imagine having to ask an insurance company "permission" to get the treatment he requires. Say what you want about private health companies but they shouldn't be for profit. Would anyone think it was a good idea for aircraft mechanics to have bonuses tied to the parts they used on a airplanes, meaning that they would profit more for the less parts they used? My daughter and her husband work full time and have advanced degrees their health insurance wouldn't touch him before Obama's plan but now they would have to. Think about if it was your child, and if you think it is an isolated case visit any tertiary care children's hospital

      June 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • John No

      Oh like the Union at Walmart? Is that the one you mean? Or the corporate mandated part time only hiring practices that release them from having to provide health insurance? Or the 'almost' minimum wage that they pay, that would prevent an employee from affording health insurance, even it it were available. If you feel the need to argue a point, at least have enough respect for yourself to argue it with an intelligent point

      June 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  17. alboze

    So President Obama wants these people who can barely afford basic health care to buy expensive insurance from a fatcat insurance company, SHAME ON YOU MR PRESIDENT!! Look how these people are suffering already without the burden of monthly insurance fees.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Bill

      What do you propose? This is not a dis to you, but I don't hear other suggestions, only one liners provided by Limbgaugh and Fox and the billions of dollars poured in from medical lobbies denouncing public healthcare (go figure?)?

      June 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • John

      The ones that cannot afford it do not have to pay for it. The ones that can afford it pay for it. Get the facts before you spew more ignorant rants.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  18. pogojo

    Well if the gov runs health care they can mandate that fat person to only eat vegetables, no sugar for you!!

    June 27, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  19. sam kohen

    Should the US Supreme Court nullify Obamacare President Obama should imediately revoke their healthcare so they can also wait in line like the people mentionned above in case they fall ill

    June 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • pogojo

      normal people pay for their own private insurance, this all started for the benifet of 30 million people that cannot afford private insurance, so they ruin healthcare for the other 300 million

      June 27, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • LOWELL

      As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented

      June 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • John

      Pogojo, Congress DOes NOT PAY FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE. You the tax payer is paying for it even though, as you put it, can afford it.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Duh

      I wonder if the same laws the Republotraitors are passing in state houses to allow healthcare workers to determine who is or who is not worthy of receiving their medical treatments (a ploy to allow pharmacists to not fulfill Rx for birth control pills and abortion) will this allow others to say to known Republotraitors that they do not get their healthcare treaments because their views do not fit with my principles. See how that cuts both ways. Would love for someone in one of these mentally taxed states with these laws to press the issue next time the big FATCAT Republotraitor comes waddling into the hospital for his viagra or his gall bladder removal from eating at all the steak joints the lobbyists take his fat ass out to. They are not even worthy of being used as fertilizer.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  20. DALE

    it is terrible to see and hear things like this. The greedy rich and all those who support Romney, which he wants to repeal the law if elected and or suprememe courts doesn't do away with it. Its a fact the majority want most of the health care reform for some reason or another. Its time this great country stand together on this. we may not like all the package or it may not all be approved so to speak. But something has to be done and move forward with it. Just think of those who now have some sort of coverage that didn't before or couldn't afford it before.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
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