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Former Cigna Exec: Insurance Companies "Dump" The Sick

Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson Stands Vs. Health Care Reform

This is what conservative Democrats are standing for when they take insurance company money and stand in the way of health care reform.

'[T]hey confuse their customers and dump the sick, all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors,' former Cigna senior executive Wendell Potter said during a hearing on health insurance today before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Potter, who has more than 20 years of experience working in public relations for insurance companies Cigna and Humana, said companies routinely drop seriously ill policyholders so they can meet 'Wall Street's relentless profit expectations.'

'They look carefully to see if a sick policyholder may have omitted a minor illness, a pre-existing condition, when applying for coverage, and then they use that as justification to cancel the policy, even if the enrollee has never missed a premium payment,' Potter said. '…(D)umping a small number of enrollees can have a big effect on the bottom line.'