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Opinion: Washington’s cynical misinformation game

Wendell Potter
Wendell Potter

Former CIGNA executive-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter is writing about the health care industry and the ongoing battle for health reform for the Center for Public Integrity.

In most of our country’s major institutions, we have little tolerance for cheating and lying. Whether it’s the court system, schools, businesses, even our sports teams, we impose stiff sanctions against those who deceive us to gain some advantage.

If convicted of lying on the witness stand, you’ll pay a fine and possibly wind up in jail. If caught cheating on a test, you’ll probably fail the course or worse. At the University of Virginia, a breach of the school’s honor code “has but a single penalty: immediate expulsion from the university.”

In 2009, Bank of America agreed to pay a $33 million fine after the SEC accused it of lying. Just last month, a federal judge ordered that same bank to pay a $1.27 billion fine after a jury found it liable for bad loans that were part of a “fraudulent and reckless” mortgage-lending program.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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  1. Ms Ruby McPherson

    Its so strange how Alcohol is legal, yet most people are killed by a drunk driver, how many people are killed by a person high on marijuana? Yet you are jailed for years if you have marijuana in your possession. Which should really be legal ? A CEO or government official does something that affects the city or even country they get a hand slap. Regular citizen would lose everything and go to jail for more than 5 years? What about the Mayor of Waterbury, the pass Governor of CT (Roland) the banker, yet trying to survivor we lose it all.

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