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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Friday, April 22, 2011 - 10:33am
GOP's Medicare Plan Would Be a Windfall for Insurers
Rep. Paul Ryan 's plan to privatize Medicare would accelerate a trend started several years ago by corporate CEOs and their political allies to shift ever-increasing amounts of risk from Big Business and the government to workers and retirees. If enacted, the Ryan plan would represent a windfall of unprecedented proportions for insurance corporations and other businesses.
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Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 12:37pm
Who, Not What, Is Behind GOP Medicare Plan? The Private Insurance Industry
Democrats who think Paul Ryan and his Republican colleagues have foolishly wrapped their arms around the third rail of American politics by proposing to hand the Medicare program to private insurers will themselves look foolish if they take for granted that the public will always be on their side.
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 1:18pm
The Insurers’ Real Agenda for Change
The media had lots of health care news to obsess about last week. A federal judge ruled the health care reform law unconstitutional, and Senate Republicans tried in vain to repeal the law. But most of the press paid virtually no attention to a potentially much more important development - a multi-pronged effort by five major insurers to strip from the law key regulations and consumer protections that aren't to their liking.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:29am
Deadly Spin on Health Care Repeal
Advocates of health care reform who are fearful -- or hopeful, as the case may be -- that Republicans will be able to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) need to understand that the GOP has no real intention of repealing it.
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Monday, November 22, 2010 - 3:03pm
My Apologies to Michael Moore and the Health Insurance Industry
In advance of my appearance with Michael Moore on Countdown with Keith Olbermann tonight on MSNBC (8 and 11 p.m.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 10:02am
For-Profit Insurers Leaning on Regulators to "Reform" Health Reform
The nation's biggest insurers -- not happy with provisions of the four-month-old health care reform law that would force many of them to spend more of the money they collect in premiums for their policyholders' medical care -- are pressuring regulators to disregard what members of Congress intended when they wrote the law, so that they can keep raking in huge profits for their Wall Street owners. If they are successful, many policyholders will soon be shelling out even more than they do today to enrich insurance company shareholders and CEOs.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 8:41am
How Corporate PR Works to Kill Healthcare Reform
Salon Editor's note: Wendell Potter, formerly a communications officer for the private health insurer Cigna, is now the Senior Fellow on Health Care for the Center for Media and Democracy. He delivered the remarks below at the Center for American Progress.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 3:02pm
Rally Against Wall Street's Health Care Takeover
Saturday, August 29 I had the good fortune to speak at a community rally for health care reform in a city park in downtown Portland, Oregon. It was a broad-based and diverse group with many signs and placards supporting the 'public option' being debated by Congress, and others calling for ' single payer ' reform like that working effectively in other countries such as Canada. Here is what I said:
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Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 8:17am
Warning: Co-op Kool Aid Is Bad for Your Health
I’m beginning to think that the Kool-Aid being served at meetings of the Senate Finance Committee’s soon-to-be infamous Gang of Six is coming from either fantasy land or the health insurance industry.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 11:52am
Is Obama Planning to Sign Congress' Health Care Reform Bill With Lipstick?
Over the coming weeks, Americans will find out whether the man they elected their president is just a great orator and politician or whether he is also a great leader.
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