My good friend Wendell Potter, a former head of corporate communications for CIGNA — one of California’s largest Photobucket health insurance companies –asked us to share this message with the Courage Campaign community. After many years defending the health insurance industry, Wendell is now an outspoken supporter for health care reform, testifying before Congress and appearing in the media often.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign


Dear Friends:

When I worked as head of communications at CIGNA, a large health insurance company, we heard lots of stories from Americans who had problems with their insurance and their health care.

It was my job to spin those stories — or to bury them completely so that the public wouldn’t see the need for health care reform.

While at CIGNA, I learned that these stories have power. And now, after the passage of health care reform earlier this year, these stories matter more than ever before.

Why? Because opponents of health care reform are already organizing to repeal the new law. They’re out gathering signatures right now to support repeal, in an attempt to prove that Californians no longer want better health care. The best way we can immediately counter this threat is to tell Californians that health care reform is already starting to help families.

That’s why I’m helping the Courage Campaign in their urgent mission to collect stories from families in every county in California showing how health care reform is already improving people’s lives — so we can defend these reforms from those who want to go back to the bad old days of health care insecurity.

Will you help me? Even if you don’t think your story matters, trust me, it does. Click here to share your story of how health care reform is helping your family. We’ll feature these stories in upcoming health care actions to inspire Californians to take action to protect and improve our health care reforms. DEADLINE: Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 5 p.m.

Wendell Potter

Here are some questions to help you get started:
Do you have a child with a pre-existing condition who is now covered by health insurance?

Are you a young adult who can now stay on your parents’ health care plan — or are you a parent with a son or daughter who is able to stay on your plan?

Are you a senior who received a rebate check of $250 to make it easier to buy your prescription drugs?

Does your insurance plan have a lifetime limit on the care it will provide — a limit that will become illegal starting on September 23?

Will your small business benefit from the new health insurance tax credits?

There are other parts of the health care law that will be implemented in the coming months and years — and there are other health care reform battles we must fight and win in Sacramento and in Congress. We need to start telling the stories of health care reform if we’re going to protect what we’ve won, and continue reforming our health care system.

If you would like to share your story click here… Look under “What’s Your Story.”

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