“Sick For Profit” Reveals Wealth & Greed In Health Insurance Industry


We don’t usually copy/paste press releases, but this time we will.

Brave New Films last week released a new video, “Sick for Profit,” a compelling and eye-opening look at the wealth of those who manage for-profit health insurance companies.

We hope you get to watch this video and pass it along to anyone and everyone you know.

CEOs Reap Benefits While Insurance Companies Systematically Deny Care to Ill Policy Holders

WASHINGTON – August 6 – As Congress breaks for recess and the health insurance industry prepares to blitz the American public with attack ads on health care reform, Brave New Films kicks off its new “Sick for Profit” online campaign at http://sickforprofit.com. The first video contrasts the lavish lifestyle and extravagant earnings of United Health Group’s (UHG) CEO with their policyholders, who suffer from severe medical conditions but have been denied proper medical care. According to Forbes magazine, United Health Group CEO Stephen Hemsley owns three-quarters of a billion dollars in UHG stock options, and his 2008 compensation was a whopping $3,241,042.00.

At the same time, UHG is unwilling to provide the care for its insured.  UHG patient Holly Bailey suffers from idiopathic pseudoobstruction.  Ms. Bailey’s gastrointestinal system is unable to absorb nutrients from food.  Despite having gone through a series of invasive procedures, baffled doctors determined that Ms. Bailey could only survive through the use of TNP, or total parenteral nutrition (intravenous feeding as her sole source of nutrition).  However, UHG denied Ms. Bailey the TNP her body needed, citing that it was an unnecessary procedure.  UHG refused to pay for the only form of treatment that could save Ms. Bailey’s life, forcing her and her family to come up with the $6,000 cost. Only by taking out a loan on their home were Ms. Bailey’s parents able to come up with the money to pay for the costs of treatment.

“They deemed [TNP] ‘medically unnecessary’ and that they were not going to pay for any of it.  I tried to explain to them that if I do not have this, I will die, and still they refused.” Holly Bailey, United Health Group Patient

Stories such as that of Holly Bailey and others are highlighted in the videos.

As the health care debate rages on, powerful insurance companies are spending millions of dollars to control the direction of the debate, obfuscate these issues.

*According to Forbes.com

Watch “Sick for Profit” now:


5 Responses to “Sick For Profit” Reveals Wealth & Greed In Health Insurance Industry

  1. Vote -1 Vote +1Marcos
    August 9, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Congresswoman Michelle Bachman Calls Out Obama

    One of the few truly ethical people serving in the U.S. Congress, Rep. Michelle Bachman points out that the people running Obamacare are no better than the people who ran Auschwitz:


    • Vote -1 Vote +1Ande Boggs
      August 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm

      When has lunacy been considered truly ethical—this sounds like the usual right wing drivel. How do these people ( like Michelle Bachman) get elected?!!!

    • Vote -1 Vote +1Aviva Gabriel
      August 11, 2009 at 12:09 am

      You are a sick woman, to idly toss around Holocaust terms like this. You have no understanding of what happened at Auschwitz, nor how the victims felt as they died. If you did, you would not “use” Holocaust metaphors to promote your agenda.

      Sick, sick, sick. You should be deeply ashamed. You are an embarassment to all the hopes and dreams we have for the maturation of our human race.

  2. Vote -1 Vote +1Aviva Gabriel
    August 11, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Excuse me, Marcos. I called you a “sick woman.” “Marcos” is generally a male name. I meant to say “sick man.” Forgive me for implying that you were a woman.

  3. Vote -1 Vote +1Lese Majeste
    August 17, 2009 at 6:59 am

    When the REICH wing nut jobs start using holocaust to describe the woeful health insurance industry, then that means they’re desperate.

    Bachman of MN is just another full blown nut case that would do anything to get Republicans back in power.

    I like MN, but why they elected Bachman is beyond me.

    Maybe DIEBOLD elected that lunatic.