The American health care system has been headlining in the media in recent weeks. With the pending Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care law, much speculation is flying around what it would mean for the court to rule in favor or against. Our next speaker, Wendell Potter, has weighed in on the topic and provides an interesting and disturbing picture of the system.
On the one hand, the Obama health care law is the best thing going for us right now — even though it’s not perfect and maybe just a start for a better system down the road. However, Potter recently noted that one of the groups most interested in the Supreme Court upholding the health care law is private health insurance companies. After spending millions in lobbying funds to shape the law as it exists today, they also have a vested interest in keeping the free market system going to ensure that they can continue to rake in record profits.
It’s sad, really. The health care law has the potential to do a lot of good, but also perpetuates a broken system that still largely benefits corporate interests, not just the American public.
Wendell Potter will be in Portland on Wednesday, April 18th to speak to the Illahee crowd. We think you should hear what he has to say. Check out the Illahee website for event details and tickets.