About Michael Johnson


I believe powerful people and institutions that violate the public trust should be exposed and stopped. So when I saw what was happening where I worked, I tried to do something about it.

I was serving as Director of Public Policy for Blue Shield of California and had discovered a scheme by the organization to evade its obligations as a nonprofit and privatize billions of dollars in community assets.

I protested internally, even taking my objections to the CEO, but he dismissed them. So in March of 2015, after 12 years with Blue Shield, I resigned and began exposing the privatization plan and other ways the insurer wrongs the public and policyholders. 

Some highlights of my whistleblowing so far:

My goal is to expose as broadly as possible Blue Shield's abuses of the public and policyholders in order to pressure state officials to force it to operate like a real nonprofit, for the good of the public. For the latest updates, follow me on Twitter.

Professional services: I’m available for consulting and research projects. Areas of expertise are described in my LinkedIn profile.