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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. TM

    Articles like this on your main page the night before a Supreme Court decision on Obamacare explain EXACTLY why CNN is dead last in the ratings. Stick to the facts!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • TM

      Oh- btw, I'm going back to Fox News and Drudge now. They give me the real stories.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • Mary

      Is that Faux News?

      June 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  2. Ash

    Good man!!

    I see too many otherwise socially responsible Americans turn a brind eye towards healthcare & insurance problems.. We are all one step away from layoff induced loss of health insurance and yet we act as if it affects some one else... maybe some minorities etc.

    We need a totally different model for healthcare in America...

    June 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Steve

      Ash....that's the amazing aspect of all this, isn't it? The politicians are so effective they have managed to convince so many people who really need Universal Health Care that it (UHC) is from the devil. You can speak to these same people about how successful this brand of Healthcare has been around the world, literally everywhere but here and they will argue, fume and curse about how no one's got the right to make them pay premiums.
      If you figure it out, let me know.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  3. Nurse, RN

    this is why I will never work for a place that only offers an HMO, or go to a treatment place based on who is "in network". It's becoming clearer each year that there are two tiers of medical care.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  4. David

    Tomorrow we will know if America has becoam socialist. Thanx to our president.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
  5. MannyHM

    This is not a Judas conversion. It's more like the conversion of Roman general Saul to St. Paul. Judas never became converted. Indeed, it's a shame that the U.S. can't provide universal coverage for every citizen.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Mary

      Well, the spinners have convinced the people who really need health care that it is a bad thing. You should see seniors on wheel chairs who is living on SS and medicare shouting angrily "WE don't need Obamacare." Because they have SS and medicare and they think they are covered for life. Let us see how that works out.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  6. JB

    Wait a minute... He made 6 figures, but felt compelled to quit his job? Wouldn't it have been better to keep the 6 figure salary job and donate it to health care clinics like the one in VA? In any case, the major problem with health insurance now is the price. The health insurance law does very little to address this. No matter how optimistic you are, the issue of cost will not be fixed due to Obamacare. Take employer provided insurance for instance. What small business owner would pay HUNDREDS of dollars a month to offer health insurance (if they didn't already) rather than pay a $750 per YEAR fine to the government? That is very truly taking money out of the businesses (which make jobs) to give to the government... Finally, the book "The Hunger Games" is about a government so out of control that is OPPRESSES the people. The whole point of the trilogy is an effort to subvert and destroy an oppressive government. I'm not sure how you can take any moral from that book about wanting MORE government control!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Nurse, RN

      I think he probably meant that he was sickened knowing how his company made their $$$$$ – by denying, denying, denying.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • DB

      Is this post an attempt at humor?

      June 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  7. sevdalisk

    I sort of hope the Supreme Court suspends Obamacare-all of it. Then, we can stop wasting time with half measures and really focus on the solution.....single payer system. Democrats are looking for something to unite the base in this election, and I predict a surge in voter interest for a quick response/stand on a big issue of the 2008 election if the majority of Justices proclaim "we need pre-exsisting conditions and the people are gonna need their money too because we're outlawing foodstamps". President Obama will have a political conversion to the single payer system because the "wave of discontent" will offer a free ride, and the right wing just maybe snoozing/boozing on a perceived high court victory. Basketball season is over now, and we may need a "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee man".

    June 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Michael

      And the funny thing is, I predict the exact opposite will happen if the Court rules in favor of Obamacare. It will be a wake up call to the American people that government has taken a very wrong turn for the worse (and started to be anything but "democratic"), and the thought of Obama being able to appoint even MORE liberal judges will galvanize people like you won't believe. Anyone that believes this election is NOT going to be very very close is deluding themselves.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
  8. yes

    yes, humans should take care of themselves. Eat less, buy less, healthcare more on their own dime!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • mark

      That would be unamerican!

      June 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • A Nurse

      Yes, yes.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  9. pacnorthwest

    I see a lot of the comments here and wonder how many of you have worked for a Health Insurer? Even not-for-profit (Blues)? They couldn't care less about you or whether you can afford insurance they sell or not, why would they? Where are you going to go? As long as the sheeple believe that you are a loser if you can't purchase it, who do they answer to?

    Health Care is a human right, not something that you should have to afford. Life Expectancy is stagnant in the U.S.. If you can afford it now, hope nothing goes wrong for you!

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

      I think pizza is a human right. Let's get free pizza!

      June 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • truth will out

      more important than that is disease prevention education.......THAT should be taught in schools......The most basic of human rights should being armed with the absolute truth (which we are not getting, when it comes to the causes of most dis-ease-–lack of nutrition and chemical laden food and not the FDA's or USDA's version of it either...

      June 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Nurse, RN

      I've worked for a few – high end commercial/bc AND managed medicaid/MC, and they are set up like machines. Most people don't know that you can max out your commercial ins very quickly, and guess who will pick up the tab then? = the government. So why is everyone complaining about single-payer system, when in the end the govt is the one who must step up to the plate to reimburse the hospital in the end. Also, why not take health insurance out of the equation for employers, so people aren't tied to some employer for life because of the type of health ins offered there. I'd much rather pay a percentage of my pre-tax wages for a plan that might be more comprehensive, instead seeing the huge profit going to a commercial insurance that restricts my care at every turn.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
  10. Ajax

    Executive eating his dinners on corporate jet with gold lined silverware! This is what thise SOBs are doing – looting our country!!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  11. sbeaten

    I don't understand why WE American people continue to support REPUBLICANS that insist that healthcare is people's problems and that government should never try to keep people insured when they have a cancer or a terminally ill disease. Why on earth are American people not supporting the public option. It doesn't have to be as good as employer's insurance but at least one does not have to choose between go to the doctor or eat. I hope the Judges rule in favor of protecting people and not greedy corporations.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  12. Skipper

    If your fear is offending your parishioners, then the concern is more maintaining the "business" of the church than it is conveying it's teachings. That's the funny thing about modern conservatism.... They like telling everyone how much of a 'Christian' they are while either gompletely ignoring Christ's central message or twisting it to justify their indifference toward the less fortunate.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • truth will out

      wow!!! I couldn't have said it better. God bless you for telling it like it is.....

      June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Bill

      now its a conservative problem?

      judge not lest ye be judged... hypocrite.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • truth will out

      Hey Bill, no one was judging......there were no labels placed here.....no this is good or that is bad......Skipper was merely stating what was happening

      June 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • Bill

      "That's the funny thing about modern conservatism.... They like telling everyone how much of a 'Christian' they are while either gompletely ignoring Christ's central message "

      Where in the story did it mention political leanings or affiliations? How did skipper know it was conservative religious nuts refusing to listen as opposed to liberal religious nuts?

      If you arbitrarily assume a group falls within another group, you better back it up with some evidence.

      Potter himself, being religious, by Skipper's own logic is also a conservative. However he quite clearly supports health care for all, creating a giant paradoxical hole in the logic. His logic being a hypocritical assumption of judgement upon conservatives being bad christians.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
  13. Bill

    And people STILL support Obama & his so-called "reform"?

    "Potter, a Cigna health care executive who ate from gold-rimmed silverware in corporate jets,"
    "Potter says health care changes are inevitable. The current system of for-profit health insurance companies is not sustainable"

    Obama care FORCES you to buy their product. It absolutely locks in the insurance companies right in the middle of your health CARE (health care != health insurance). You think they're going to STOP using gold plated silverware on private corporate jets, with 6-7 figure salaries? The mandate was to ensure the insurance companies maintained their profit margins.

    Soooo... how does it help health care costs by ensuring there are are extra people in the middle with the sole goal of keeping your money?
    Answer: It absolutely 100% CAN'T.
    It never could.
    It never will.

    It is not even a step in the right direction. It is an economical disaster.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Bill

      economical. lol. I lose.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • pacnorthwest

      You've been brain-washed to believe the hogwash that pure capitalism is the only way. It does not work for everything. If you think any doctrine is so pure it works in every situation, then I suggest more education.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • sbeaten

      That is absolutely not true what you are saying. Through Obama's plan people who are terminally ill or have cancer and other lengthy diseases won't be throw away like a piece of paper, under Obama's plan children are covered until they finish college. You cannot be denied insurance because you have to stay in the hospital or get care. Those who are against it are protecting greedy corporations where CEO's are swallowing all the money leaving nothing for those who are paying insurance.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • DB

      It's still better than a system where 40,000,000 Americans have no coverage at all.

      I hate having to rely on the insurance companies. I think single payer would be the best thing for the economy AND the most humane AND the cheapest, and I hate the Republicans for poisoning that well. But if I have to choose between "Obamacare" and what we had before, I'll take Obamacare.

      Y'know, I don't even have any skin in this game. I live in Massachusetts, where we did the same thing and it worked out great. Our economy is doing better than most of the country and we all have great health coverage. But I want what's best for my country.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Bill

      So, Pacnorthwest, as to brainwashing. No, I absolutely believe a private system is a complete failure. I fully support socialized medicine as the only way to guarantee healthCARE for all.

      But, Obamacare is NOT that. It locks in INSURANCE companies, guaranteeing Potter's former bosses will continue to ride in private jets and eat from gold plated silverwear.

      You, sir, are brainwashed by Obama to think that Obamacare vs. current system are the only two options. You need to f-ing stop listening to the sheep mantra and educate yourself.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  14. DB

    "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."
    -------

    In the 80s we saw the birth of an alliance between the Republican Party and the conservative Christian movement, and it's grown stronger every year. It has compromised and tainted BOTH. Goldwater Republicans have become extinct as strict adherence to social orthodoxy becomes a basic litmus test of being a Republican politician. And meanwhile, Churches that preach charity and kindness are forced to turn a blind eye to the GOP's relentless class war against average Americans the poor, because the GOP is willing to politicize their conservative social agenda.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  15. Bill

    It is time for universal healthcare in this country. All Americans deserve access to healthcare. I have a huge amount of respect for this man to wake up and take action the way he has done. He is correct. Most Americans are two paychecks away from being homeless and without healthcare.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  16. Jack

    All Christians (Catholics, Protestants etc) and Jews should be supporting health care reform. We have a duty to care for our brothers and sisters. There is no excuse or rationale not to. Do not call yourself a Christian if you do not want our government to help provide health care to all.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • DB

      I'm glad you're on the right side, but WE WILL NEVER WIN IF YOU TALK THAT WAY.

      You cannot win a political argument calling for charity and helping your fellow man. You should know better than to even try. The Republicans have poisoned that well. People are hostile to what you preach, there are millions of poor Americans who believe their problems are the fault of those who are even poorer than them, and they proudly go to the polls and vote Republican against your "socialist" ideas that will improve their own quality of life.

      Universal healthcare is better for the economy. That fact alone should be the only thing you talk about if you want to even have a chance of changing anybody's mind.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Anana

      Such studies helps both the buyres and the sellers on many aspects. The Razorfish theory is new to me so I found the post very informative. Social networking definitely is here to stay and its important for us to know how to be well informed about social networking and where its heading so that we can take benefit ourselves.

      October 8, 2012 at 4:14 am |
  17. Tam

    Because health here is for-profit, it's a business first. My friends in Canada have good care, and don't worry about losing their home and life over an illness. They're not obsessed with ensuring they have benefits at work. What kind of humanity have we become here? Don't believe the insurance companies' ads, they're lying. There but for the Grace of God go the rest of us.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • Fox

      A gov't run system is not some utopia. It would come with many problems and be extremely cost-inefficient. Prices go up when the gov't is a customer or subsidizer.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  18. eye md

    Thousands lined up when 2500 were seen over 3 days seems a bit misleading. Never were thousands lined up waiting. The vast majority were reportedly waiting for free dental work and eye exams and free glasses. As an ophthalmologist we already do this in our community. The photo with a poor woman on home oxygen (a prescribed medication) is someone requiring chronic care already under the care of a MD and I doubt this photo even goes with this event unless she was having dental work done. CNN again has reported an event so out of its context that it demeans this great event. Also the dental work and eye exams were done in portable vans and not in cattle stalls. I'm sure that the fairgrounds had some services done in areas that hosted farm events (flu shots and kid's shots etc) but I can guarantee that no appendices were removed in cattle stalls covered in horse poop. Great to have medical volunteer events such as this and I love to participate in them but a 4 plus pinocchio rating for CNN's article for misrepresenting the purpose of this event.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • wr

      Hardly surprising. CNN is not interested in reporting news, they want to make up stories to push their liberal agenda.

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

      Its a great country...I can sit on my a$$ and not produce anything and get free food, medical and even a free cell phone.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • mark

      Its a great country...I can sit on my @ss and not produce anything and get free food, medical and even a free cell phone.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • eye md

      My point is not that people can need free services but that this event primarily provides for one time medical problems and not chronic conditions suggested by the woman on oxygen in the wheelchair photo. Also a Google search indicated that the vast majority of people were seeking dental care and eye exams and glasses which are not even covered for the most part in Obamacare so the entire article is a joke. When I read that thousands lined up for such an event I knew it couldn't be as the article suggested and had to do a Google search to get to the facts. Can't CNN just present the facts instead of this deceitful reporting?

      June 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Michael

      Eye MD: I agree with you but this should be anything but surprising, coming from CNN. They have long ago stopped being anything even remotely resembling a news agency, and are much close to National Enquirer and Judge Judy than anything else. If you're looking for objective coverage of things going on, CNN is NOT the place to look. Evidently close to 100% of their energy and "stories" are aimed at trying to get people to check back on the site on an hourly basis, so they must frantically create "stories" to discuss. I've long ago stopped seeing them for anything but pure entertainment and liberal opinion pieces....and of course they're continuously smooching up with ol' Barack. 🙂

      June 27, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • don

      eye md – Are you REALLY serious trying to belittle the issues, the problems, the greed of insurance companies and make the people in need look "toothless" REALLY!???!! REALLY!??!!!!! I pay $965.00 PER MONTH FOR AN HMO JUST FOR ME!!!! I AM 55 YEARS OLD AND DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH LONGER I WILL AFFORD IT AND GOD HELP ME!!!! eye md YOU are part of the PROBLEM....we are surrounded by IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      June 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Howie76

      Well you obviously live with your head in the sand. I have been to these health fairs and it is not unusual to have thousands try to get care. Our ED rooms are packed with under insured and uninsured. If there was preventive care this would not happen and yes people die everyday in this country due to having no health care. If you are a real doctor you would know that. Any one can say they are an MD. In the event you are a real doctor I bet you have little care or compassion for your patients. Your arrogant!

      June 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • Nice try

      For one thing, the photo caption clearly reads "A clinic such as this...:, indicating that it was not the same clinic. Of course it's not a picture from that clinic – Potter hadn't quit and changed his stance until he saw it. Was the CNN photographer psychic? As for the woman's oxygen, did it cross your mind that perhaps it was prescribed at a previous free clinic? And the horse stalls? They needn't be covered in manure to be places made for animals, and it wouldn't be a scandal if the CEOs of health insurance companies went to those same stalls for care. Of course, they'd never stoop to such a thing, now would they? No, because they can afford to be more important that that. In the end, this is a story about how money functionally makes some people more human than others.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • mfhpr

      You're missing the point completely. Correct, it's not necessary to sensationalize the issue at hand to get the point across. But do you know what the point is without having to downplay the side notes?

      June 27, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
    • mfhpr

      WT: What? Liberal agenda? Do you really think a liberal agenda includes posting right-wing articles by John Thune that deny responsibility by any means for this country's condition? Wake up...

      June 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • eye md

      To Don, yes I am an ophthalmologist and yes I accept Medicaid and alabama all kids and see Alabama Lion Sight patients at no charge and provide my services at fairgrounds such as this for no charge including my costs as a non tax deferred donation including the services after the horrible Alabama tornados. I don't ask for a pat on the back for I think we all need to give what we can to help our communities. I'm not sure how you mean I am the problem. Your thousand bucks a month HMO payments don't cover dental or eye care which is the main function of the CNN article. My point is that CNN is being deliberately misleading as to the numbers attending this event and that the vast majority of them are not even covered by Obamacare (dental and eye) so what does the article have to do with the supreme court ruling or for that matter a poor woman with COPD and low chronic oxygen sats requiring chronic C-pap therapy??

      June 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • eye md

      To nice try. These free clinics are to find problems but not to treat long term problems. At these clinics we may diagnose diabetes or COPD but we don,'t give scripts for insulin or chronic oxygen for these conditions require long term follow up. Even if we were inclined to do so the lawyers would sue us into oblivion the first time the patient went into hypoglycemic shock or quit breathing after acute oxygen therapy due to suppression of their CO 2 response. Your response unfortunately shows ignorance of the facts on the ground so I'm glad I can better inform you. Please call your congressman for some true Tort reform ( conveniently excluded in Obamacare ) and we can talk.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Yeah ok kool aid man

    OH PLEASE can we have health care run by the government?!?!?! PLEASE?!?!? Because just EVERYONE leaves the friggin DMV so happy with the service there!!!! And don't forget the almost bankrupt postal service where you wait in line for an hour to be told you didn't do the package right!!! OH and the IRS too!!! Everyone I know always says what a swell bunch of people they are and how well their system is run!!!! OH OH Yes, lets get the gubmint involved in my health care! I can't wait!!!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Jack

      The DMV works. Would you rather no one needed Drivers Licenses? Do you get your mail and get it cheap? Or would you rather pay exorbitant prices to get you mail delivered by a private company? BTW, UPS, DHL FEDEX use the US Postal Service to ship items. You probably didn't know that. And they don't have to send a million tons of junk mail AND your package. Do you get your bills on time? You probably do.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Yeah ok kool aid man

      Notice the lack of anything about the IRS there... And if the postal service "works" so well why are they just about bankrupt if EVERYONE uses their system? Nice try but you might want to get your facts straight before you open your mouth and prove your ignorance...

      June 27, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
    • Bill

      Sooo, you've been treated well by cigna then? Never denied your one and only cancer treatment option because it was too expensive? Never hemmed and hawed over covering that seemingly routine procedure that you thought was obviously covered by your plan? Never had your plan cancelled because you used it?

      Their decisions revolve around profit. Not saying a government agency won't make similar decisions, but, you have any better options? I really hope you're not suggesting the insurance companies have done a good job. 🙂

      June 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • sbeaten

      Nobody is saying to drop the employer plan and have a government plan. All people want is to be able to have a choice when you don't have a job, or when you need help. That IS a government job to work for the people NOT for greedy corporations that drop you like dirt when you have a disease. I hope that when you need help you find STRANGERS not government to help you!

      June 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Anthrax

      this article is a call for sympathy for the poor. they can get free food, free lodging, and free health care. Now it may not be the best but it is free! if we were truthful with ourselves we would acknowledge that the real evil in our society is the person who is here illegally! he is a drain on our economy, a drain on most county hospitals, a drain on our school systems and jails! we can take care of the our own; we cannot take care of the world.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
    • reality

      Why don't you order carrier pickup ? Its free, Government provided postal service is the cheapest of other postal services, also it provides services to remote places and to the people who can not afford high cost UPS and FedEx. Overall its much better than those 2 if you are middle or lower class.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
  20. chappy

    @melanie, sorry about your friend, but cancer and other lingering expensive diseases are one of the number one declines of those who do pay for insurance. There is a cap and after that your stuck.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
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The CNN Belief Blog covers the faith angles of the day's biggest stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment, fostering a global conversation about the role of religion and belief in readers' lives. It's edited by CNN's Daniel Burke with contributions from Eric Marrapodi and CNN's worldwide news gathering team.