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*** UPDATE RETRACTION OF DIARY***
According to Donna Smith in a message to me on my facebook page: From Wendell Potter this morning:
"On Countdown Wednesday night, I inadvertently called AHIP's front group Health Care for America Now. The front group had a similar name: Health Care America, which I wrote about in my book in the chapter e...ntitled "The Campaign Against Sicko." As you'll see, some folks on the Daily Kos who are not fans of HCAN have picked this up, believing that I did indeed mean HCAN."

Thank you Donna.

****And please see nyceve's diary ****

*****From the source please see Potter's statement (A Verbal Slip on Countdown) in the comment section in nyceve's diary and on Potter's blog *****

As for the mix of group names, they are all very similar. It is so easy to get them mixed up. That's what AHIP counted on, I'm sure.



****Beginning of original diary stemming from Potter's mis-speak****

As far as I'm concerned Wendell Potter just dropped an H-bomb on Keith Olbermann's Countdown. HCAN, Health Care for America Now was/is astroturf. It was/is a front group for America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and the insurance companies.

That explains why they would not hear of even mentioning Single Payer. Listen at the 5 min mark:

All you Kosacks who were defending the HCAN, what do you make of being used by the insurance companies?

I am sickened. I am angry. Fighting mad. However, I am very proud to belong to a union that knew HCAN was wrong from the get-go: the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United!

Originally posted to ludlow on Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 10:31 PM PST.

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