To the Editor:
First Congressional District Rep. Tim Huelskamp received the “Champion of Health Care Innovative Award,” in April from one of the nation’s leading health care lobbying front groups, the Health Care Lead-ership Council (HCL).
The group’s membership in-cludes the CEOs of the country’s largest insurers, drug compan-ies, hospital chains and medical device manufacturers.
During the 2009 national dis-cussion over health care reform, HCL initiated a campaign called “Medicare Today” and produced state-specific television adver-tising to encourage citizens to contact their congresspersons to ensure that billions of dollars of federal Medicare funding for private insurers would be un-affected by the debate.
Wendell Potter, a former Cigna executive-turned whistle blower and author of “Deadly Spin,” continues to speak out on how corporate America is deceiving Americans about health care.
“The campaign of fear, un-certainty and doubt continues today. I know because I par-ticipated in many meetings of the Health Care Leadership Council during my years as an insurance industry executive,” said Potter.
Potter, who now is the leading spokesperson for The Center for Public Integrity, said, “A year-long investigation has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.” You can read more detail at www.publicintegrity.org.
Huelskamp is making a lot of noise in Washington, but he appears to be most proud of his recent award to help the insurance industry in its lobby-ing efforts.
The announcement of the award headlines his web page. Huelskamp said, “What an honor to receive this award. I feel it is very important to make sure the United States remains at the forefront of health-care tech-nology and initiatives.”