Health insurance companies funneled thousands of dollars into fake grassroots organizations to discredit Michael Moore’s film Sicko, according to the former vice president of corporate communications for the insurance giant Cigna Corp.
In an interview with Democracy Now, Wendell Potter says health insurance companies set up front groups to criticize the film Sicko because they worried it would create support for a single-payer health care system in the United States.
“We felt that this movie would have such an impact that it would really pave the way for legislation to be passed that could be very detrimental to the insurance industry,” said Potter. “So it was very important for the insurers to attack this movie as fiercely as possible.”
“In this case, there was a front group that was set up called Health Care America, and the sole purpose for it to be set up was to attack Michael Moore and to attack the notion of a single-payer system in this country,” he added.
Health Care America claimed to be “representing consumers” but was funded entirely by insurance companies and run by the public relations firm APCO Worldwide.
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