New ad: Insurance companies have the death panels

A liberal group does some pushback against one of the trendier myths about healthcare reform



Alex Koppelman
August 21, 2009 8:01AM (UTC)

Death panels aren't coming in healthcare reform -- they're already here.

That's the message of a new ad produced by Americans United for Change, a liberal group that's pushing for Democratic healthcare reform proposals. The ad was released Thursday night to Salon, and will begin running on cable nationally and in Washington, D.C. next week.

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The spot features Linda Peeno, a doctor who's a former medical director at Humana Insurance and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and has since turned whistleblower.

"In the spring of 1987, as a physician, I denied a man a necessary operation that would have saved his life and thus caused his death," Peeno says in the ad. "I am haunted by the thousands of pieces of paper on which I have written that deadly word, 'denial.'"

Salon's Mike Madden has written before on death panels and insurance companies; read his article here.

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Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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