But what threatens the foundations of a free society most of all is when it is the government (and its allies in the private sector) who are doing the attacking, and when the reason there is no response is that the victims of the attacks have been threatened and bullied into silence.
I believe that is where we are today ― not just with respect to health insurance, but with respect to health care generally. I’m afraid other industries are not far behind.
During the debate leading up to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, I talked to a number of CEOs of large health insurance companies. I frequently heard such comments as, “Don’t tell anyone I told you this” or, “If you use this information, don’t mention my name” and even, “Don’t tell anyone that we ever had this conversation.”
As far as I can tell, things have gotten worse. In fact I don’t know any employee of any health insurance company that is willing to go on the record with any statement that is critical of the Affordable Care Act.