Saturday, August 21, 2010

Stop Blue Cross!
My good friend Wendell Potter, a former head of corporate communications for CIGNA -- one of California's largest health insurance companies -- asked us to share this message with the Courage Campaign community. After many years defending the health insurance industry, Wendell is now an outspoken supporter for health care reform, testifying before Congress and appearing in the media often.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign

I'll bet you thought that the battle over health care reform ended last March when President Barack Obama signed the bill into law. That's exactly what Anthem Blue Cross wants you to think.

For 20 years, I worked in the health insurance industry. As head of corporate communications for CIGNA, I knew that insurance companies won when the public wasn't paying attention. That's when the real damage is done.

Anthem Blue Cross made headlines earlier this year when they proposed a whopping 39% rate increase for their health insurance policies. And now Anthem is going all-out to fight the implementation of the federal health care reform law here in California. While the public's attention is elsewhere, Anthem is fighting to kill the bills that would set up the state-based "exchanges" that are the heart of the health care law.

If Anthem gets their way, they'll stop you from getting affordable health insurance. They're counting on you to stay silent as they once again destroy reform.

I'm not going to let that happen. That's why I'm joining the Courage Campaign to deliver a letter to Anthem Blue Cross's new president, Pam Kehaly, to demand that she and her company stop trying to undermine the health care reform law in California. Will you add your name to the letter today? Click here to sign now:

Anthem is trying to block AB 1602 and SB 900, the two bills that would create the state-based "exchange" under the federal health care law. Anthem wants to instead control the exchange itself, and prevent the government from bargaining for the best price for consumers.

I decided to leave the insurance industry and speak out against these practices because I know that the only way to stop them from undermining your health care is by shining a light on their behavior and organizing the public to fight back.

That's why I need you to join me in stopping Anthem Blue Cross from gutting the health care law. Please add your name to the letter I will deliver to Anthem Blue Cross -- show the insurance companies you won't let them get away with it:

This is just the beginning of the Courage Campaign's effort to continue the fight for better, affordable health care for all Americans. While the federal law passed earlier this year will expand coverage considerably, it will still fall far short of universal coverage even when fully implemented. That's why we need to keep working together, until we finally succeed in fundamentally reforming our nation's broken health care system.

Thank you for joining me to stand up to Anthem's corporate greed.

Wendell Potter 

Courage Campaign California is a part of the Courage Campaign's multi-issue online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. Supported by thousands of small donations from our diverse community, Courage Campaign California holds politicians accountable to progressive values, works for fundamental reform to our state's broken government, and trains and organizes activists to change their communities.

To power our campaign to stop Anthem, please chip in what you can today:


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