Sick for Profit Slams Health Insurance Industry

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A new video about health insurance, Sick for Profit, from Robert Greenwald, slams the health insurance industry. The video, targets the CEO’s for living lavishly, and being greedy. According to the Sick for Profit video, and website, “United Healthcare CEO Stephen Hemsley owns $744,232,068 in unexercised stock options. CIGNA’s Edward Hanway spends his holidays in a $13 million beach house in New Jersey. Meanwhile, regular Americans are routinely denied coverage for the care they need when they need it most.”

Sick for Profit calls insurance companies “obscene”, saying they get rich by denying coverage. A question asked in the video is “why are we putting money into the profits of insurance companies, rather than medicine”?


Greenwald's Brave New Films has given us documentaries like "Outfoxed," "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price," and the newly released "Rethink Afghanistan" Greenwald's newest video, and website, Sick for Profits takes a hard look at first hand experiences from patients who have been denied treatment from health insurance companies for reasons that on the surface, seem to defy explanation.

Sick for Profit testimonials include denials for surgery, paperwork holdups, and nonpayment for nutrition. According to one patient, life saving parenteral nutrition was denied by her health insurance provider, as “not medically necessary”. She had to take out a loan to pay for her health care.

The Sick for Profit video also targets the exorbitant profits given to insurance company CEO’s. Sick for Profit is asking for donations, patient stories, Twitter and Facebook followers, e-mail subscribers, and a hard look at the need for health insurance reform.