FIR Book Reviews editor Bob LeDrew reviews Deadly Spin by former CIGNA PR executive Wendell Potter.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, Potter exposes the PR pro’s propaganda tricks – fake grass-roots organizations, bogus scientific studies – and recounts his shame-faced repentance." But he also trenchantly critiques the failure of America’s for-profit health-insurance system: the underhanded methods insurers use to "dump the sick"; the skyrocketing premiums and deductibles that put health care beyond the reach of millions; the "obscene salaries executives rake in while denying benefits to patients."
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Deadly Spin by Wendell Potter
Publisher: Bloomsbury Press
Hardcover: 288 pages
Published November 2010
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(Cross-posted from For Immediate Release, Shel’s and my podcast blog.)