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JOHN STAUBER – The Rise and Fall of Obamacare: Will the Inside Story Ever be Told?

My friend and former colleague Wendell Potter, the CIGNA insurance public relations chief who saw the evil of his ways and left his job, is starting a new non-profit journalism enterprise called Tarbell.

The investigative story I want to see from Wendell is one I am sure he will never tell:  an insider exposé of the ugly rise and fall of Obamacare.  This is a story Wendell knows inside and out, but I doubt he will ever really come to grips with its truth: Obamacare was a pro-industry Democrat scam that destroyed an opportunity for single payer education and reform and ultimately brought devastating political ruin to the Democrats themselves.

I welcomed Wendell Potter to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) staff in May, 2009,  just before I retired from CMD as its Founder and Executive Director.   Wendell arrived with a $100,000 grant in hand from TIDES Foundation to support his work as an insurance industry insider turned NGO reform activist and whistle blower. He testified before Congress,  was featured by Bill Moyers Journal, and became a popular and admired public face of the liberal health reform movement in America.

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