Wendell Potter

Wendell Potter is former Vice President of corporate communications at CIGNA, one of the United States' largest health insurance companies. In June 2009, he testified against the HMO industry in the U.S. Senate as a whistleblower. He is now the Senior Fellow on Health Care for the Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Monday, August 25, 2014 - 3:00pm
Docs, Drug Companies, Insurers Drive Up Medicare Costs
As one of an estimated 78 million baby boomers in this country, I was delighted to hear that Medicare’s Hospital Trust Fund won’t run out of money until 2030 — 13 years later than projected in 2009, the year before Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. While it’s uncertain how much of that good...
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 11:34am
Help Health Care Advocate Donna Smith Get the Care She Needs—And Pay the $855 Aetna Is Demanding
CD editors' note: Our friend Donna Smith, featured in this article, has been a tireless advocate for health care reform since before she first became a frequent contributor to our site in 2008. We take this brief opportunity to thank her for years of dedication and wish her well for the years ahead.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 8:58am
GOP Health Care Myths Belie All Evidence
While listening to the promises to repeal ObamaCare during the Republican National Convention, I was reminded of what those of us in the health insurance industry said when our friends in Congress were able to block passage of President Clinton’s health care reform legislation 18 years ago.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012 - 11:30am
"Path to Prosperity?" For Many Senior Citizens, VP Pick Ryan's Plan Would Be Path to the Poorhouse
If Americans who are embracing Rep. Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" -- and that now includes Mitt Romney -- spent a few minutes reviewing a few recent research reports, they just might conclude that the Wisconsin Republican's plan to reduce the deficit might better be renamed the "Path to the Poorhouse" because of what it would mean to the Medicare program and many senior citizens.
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Monday, June 25, 2012 - 4:14pm
Dems Play with Private Insurance Industry, Get Burnt
Et tu, Ron?
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 1:10pm
The Battle for Vermont's Single Payer System
MONTPELIER, Vermont — You can’t see them. They’re hidden from view and probably always will be. But the health insurance industry’s big guns are in place and pointed directly at the citizens of Vermont.
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Friday, February 3, 2012 - 6:58pm
Paying For Cancer Treatment for Children in America With a Car Wash, Bake Sale and Fish Fry
"It shouldn't be this way," read the subject line of an email I received Friday morning from a conservative friend and fellow Southerner. "People shouldn't have to beg for money to pay for medical care."
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Monday, January 23, 2012 - 10:26am
Park City Vantage Point Puts Tragedy of American Health Care in Vivid Relief
The journey I embarked on when I made the decision to leave a successful career in the health insurance business was a spiritual one.
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Monday, December 26, 2011 - 10:16am
When Medicare Isn't Medicare
Let's say you have a Ford and decide to replace everything under the hood with Hyundai parts, including the engine and transmission. Could you still honestly market your car as a Ford? That question gets at the heart of the controversy over who is being more forthright about GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's plan to "save" Medicare, Republicans or Democrats. If you overhaul the Medicare system like you did your Ford and tell the public it's still Medicare, are you doing so honestly?
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 11:00am
Does the U.S. Have the World's Best Health Care System? Yes, If You're Talking About the Third World
A little more than a year ago, on the day after the GOP regained control of the House of Representatives, Speaker-to-be John Boehner said one of the first orders of business after he took charge would be the repeal of health care reform.
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