Hollywood, Health & Society collaborated with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), in presenting “The Affordable Care Act: Comedy, Drama & Reality,” a panel on portraying Obamacare in TV and film, at the WGAE headquarters in New York.
Panel members were Julie Green Bataille, director of the Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS); Wendell Potter, former head of communications for the giant health insurance company CIGNA and author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans; and Trudy Lieberman, a veteran journalist who has written extensively about health and health-care coverage.
Marty Kaplan, director of The Norman Lear Center, and Michael Winship, president of the WGAE, served as co-moderators.
Hollywood, Health & Society is a program of the USC Annenberg Lear Center that connects TV writers/producers and filmmakers with health and climate change experts on questions dealing with storylines in scripts. HH&S’ resources and services are free.
Here are some video highlights from the event:
Julie Green Bataille, director of the Office of Communications for the CMS, discusses the importance of getting the right information to people about the Affordable Care Act.
Wendell Potter and Trudy Lieberman discuss the use of language in promoting and disparage the Affordable Care Act.
Wendell Potter discusses why he left CIGNA to become an outspoken critic of the health insurance industry.
Journalist Trudy Lieberman talks about widespread hunger among the elderly in America.