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Consumer Watchdog Releases Coercive Lobbying E-Mail to Employees of United Health Group, Calls It 'Political Harassment' of Workers
Date:12/10/2009

nt e-mails to employees asking them to lobby members of Congress on company time, with company assistance, though using less blatant language. The company is clearly able to track employee e-mails to see who responds to the requests, said Consumer Watchdog.

Previous efforts offered template letters with key company messages including the need for a more punitive mandate to buy insurance, resistance to any so-called public option and opposition to any reduction in Medicare overpayments to private Medicare Advantage plans. United HealthCare is a major participant in Medicare Advantage.

(See more on previous employee lobbying efforts at http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/patients/articles/?storyId=31128)

(See the earlier template letters and company instructions for letters to the editor at http://www.ConsumerWatchdog.org/resources/UnitedHealthCare11-12-09.pdf)

Consumer Watchdog sent the latest e-mail to California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, which was investigating possible violations of the state's strong employee protections against employer coercion. The earlier e-mails were also sent to Brown's office.

"United Health Group employees who have contacted Consumer Watchdog said they were offended and upset, but expressed fear of retaliation by United Health Group if they complained publicly about the pressure on them to contact members of Congress," said Dugan.

Consumer Watchdog, however, urges California employees who feel pressured by the company's employee lobbying effort to call the attorney general's public inquiry line at (916) 322-3360 or (800) 952-5225 (in California) Callers should wait through the message and press "0" to talk to a human.

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