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, October 10, 2011 - 11:36am
'Occupy Wall Street' Should Also Take Aim at Health Insurance Companies
The lobbyists for U.S. health insurers surely have to be feeling a little uneasy knowing that thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators who have been marching and protesting in Washington as well as New York and other cities might target them in the days ahead.
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Friday, September 2, 2011 - 10:05am
Rick Perry's Texas Health Care Hoax
In his quest to win the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is perpetuating a convincing hoax: that implementing Texas-style tort reform would go a long way toward curing what ails the U.S.
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Monday, August 8, 2011 - 3:29pm
To Save Billions, the Government Should Pay Doctors to Make House Calls
Dr. Bruce Kinosian still makes house calls, and he’s proud of it. In fact, he introduces himself as a physician who goes to see his patients in their homes rather than insisting that they come to see him at his office.
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Monday, August 1, 2011 - 2:16pm
Health Insurers Sacrifice Americans for Profit
Three of the biggest health insurers have announced quarterly earnings in the past few days. If Americans were able to eavesdrop on what executives from those firms tell their Wall Street masters every three months, they would have a better understanding of why premiums keep going up while the number of people with medical coverage keeps going down.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:31pm
ALEC Exposed: Sabotaging Healthcare Reform, Single-Payer Efforts
This article is part of a Nation series exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council, in collaboration with the Center For Media and Democracy. John Nichols introduces the series.  
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 11:50am
Health Care Debate: It's Time to Get Outraged
One of my favorite bumper stickers reads, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." That's sort of how I feel about the health care debate. If more Americans paid attention to the fate of neighbors and loved ones who have fallen victim to the cruel dysfunction of our health care system, they would see through the onslaught of lies and propaganda perpetrated by special interests profiting from the status quo.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 8:39am
Health Insurers Pump Your Premiums Into a Financial Black Hole
Ever wonder what happens to the premiums you pay for your health insurance? You might be surprised to learn that more and more of the dollars you pay for coverage are being sucked into a kind of black hole.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 10:44am
Health Insurers Have Had Their Chance
Of the many supporters of a single-payer health care system in the United States, some of the most ardent are small business owners who have struggled to continue offering coverage to their workers. Among them are David Steil, a small business owner and former Republican -- yes, Republican -- state legislator in Pennsylvania who earlier this year became president of the advocacy group Health Care 4 All PA.
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Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 4:31pm
Are Health Insurers Writing Health Reform Regulations?
One of the reasons I wanted to return to journalism after a long career as an insurance company PR man was to keep an eye on the implementation of the new health reform law. Many journalists who covered the reform debate have moved on, and some consider the writing of regulations to implement the legislation boring and of little interest to the public.
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Friday, April 29, 2011 - 9:06am
Insurers Getting Rich By Not Paying for Care
If I had stayed in the insurance industry, my net worth would have spiked between 4 p.m. Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday last week -- and I wouldn't even have had to show up for work.
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