The surprising gem in an Inquirer piece was that APCO VP Bill Pierce agreed with me. He acknowledged that interest-funded pressure groups "are all over the place" in Washington. "That's how everybody exists here," Pierce said.
The reason only a handful of PR people use 'PR' in their titles these days is because PR itself has a PR problem -- and for good reason. That's a shame, because press relations is not inherently evil or manipulative.
APCO, the health insurance industry's PR firm who said it wants to push me off a cliff, has now taken on its biggest challenge yet: leading a giant, multimillion dollar effort to help Wall Street "earn back the trust of the American people."
Yesterday, on Democracy Now, the former Vice President of CIGNA, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies, revealed that CIGNA met with the other big health insurers to hatch a plan to "push" yours truly "off a cliff."
The Senate Finance Committee is preparing to debate a health care bill that doesn't meet the needs of America's working families. Nor does it meet the standards Obama laid out in his address to Congress.
It's impossible to fashion a health care system that does not have doctors, medications, and hospitals -- but it is quite easy to imagine a system without private insurers. In fact, private insurers play little if any role in the health care systems of most countries in the world.