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Former BlueCross Pitchman Switches Sides, Comes Out For Public Option

By Ryan Grim at Huffington Post

Andy Cobb has had enough. A former pitchman for BlueCross Blue Shield of Florida, Cobb is breaking with the firm and speaking out in favor of health care reform and a public health insurance option.

“This is the time when Americans have to choose which side we’re on,” Cobb told HuffPost, quoting Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). “Is it the insurance companies or the American people?”

Cobb calls on what he dubs his fellow “spokes-jerks” — singling out the FreeCreditReport.com guy — to stop hawking products that hurt the American people.

Cobb teamed with Brave New Films to create the short video.

“I do know that 19 percent of every dollar of our premiums goes to administrative costs, for executive compensation and people like me. We can’t afford people like me any more in this country,” he said.