Wendell Potter

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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Trump and his conservative allies are weaponizing “fiscal responsibility” in order to force the poor, elderly, children, and the disabled to shoulder the cost of their massively irresponsible tax cut for the richest Americans.(Photo: Shutterstock/Albert H. Teich) Views
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Trump’s Greedy 2019 Budget Goes Nuclear on Medicare and Medicaid
Today, the Trump Administration unveiled their 4.75 Trillion dollar budget proposal , and it’s chock full of that signature brand of waste, fraud, and abuse Trump pledged to eliminate on the campaign trail. It’s easy to get distracted by the President’s more outlandish scandals and statements, but...
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Protesters on July 24, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida railed against Republican senators attempting to destroy the Affordable Care Act also made clear their demand for Medicare for All that would cover everybody with high-quality care. Views
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Take It From Me: Tweaks Won't Fix Healthcare
Democrats have secured a 40-seat flip of the House of Representatives, based largely on a nationwide call for health care reform. Many Democrats, led by Brian Higgins of New York, are planning to use their newfound control of the House to work on a Medicare buy-in bill. I spent 20 years as a health...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Why Big Insurance Adores the American Health Care Act
There’s been a lot of talk about just who was hurt and helped by Obamacare and who will profit or be imperiled by the next phase of health care legislation. Yet health insurance executives have been curiously silent about the House GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare . While the American...
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Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Repeal Obamacare? GOP Should Be Careful What They Wish For
For years, Republicans have been condemning Obamacare and vowing to repeal and replace it. Now that they’ll soon be able to do that, they’re like the dog that caught the car: Now what? I’d be willing to bet a month’s worth of premiums that this is what’s happening right now: The best PR pros money...
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
History (of Health Insurance Greed) Repeats Itself
On a Friday afternoon 16 years and four months ago, after the close of trading at the New York Stock Exchange, my staff and I at Cigna disseminated a press release we knew would lead to a lot of angst in Washington, on Wall Street and around the country. Sure enough, the next Monday morning, June 5...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Cry Me a River, Aetna
You might be thinking, based on what insurance company CEOs have been saying over the past few weeks, that carriers are awash in red ink because of Obamacare and would surely go bust if they had to keep paying the medical claims of their Obamacare customers for even one more year. You might even be...
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Monday, August 25, 2014
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
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 05, 2012
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
"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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