This is a good one. Kristof speaks to Wendell Potter, who was previously an Exec at Cigna (shout out to my insurance company, woot woot!), and left his high-flying lifestyle after being witness - and entrenched in - the indignities the insurance industry. He details their profit-y ways, saying they often: 1) denied requests for pricey procedures, 2) engaged in "rescission", which means the insurer abruptly cancels the policy on a technicality (aka no legit reason) because the person with the policy, who has paid their premiums for years, suddenly (how dare they) gets sick, and 3) sky-rockets policy costs for small businesses because one employee gets sick, and thus many times the employer can no longer provide coverage.
Someone close to me complained a few weeks ago about the blog. She asked me why is it always about "boring health care". I responded there is nothing boring about this, her health (my god, livelihood) depended on it, and if this isn't keeping you up at night, then you just aren't listening.
Health Care Fit for Animals
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: August 27, 2009
Why a health insurance executive decided to speak out against an industry that he was once paid to defend.