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Wendell Potter

Freelance Analyst  The Center for Public Integrity

Following a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, Potter left his position as head of communications for CIGNA, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, to show the world the dark inner workings of the insurance industry. He has testified before Senate and House committees, briefed several members of Congress and their staffs, appeared with lawmakers at several press conferences, spoken at more than 100 public forums, and has been the subject of numerous articles in the U.S. and foreign media. His new book is called Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.

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Canada's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to remake nation's health care system.

Commentary: insurer's talk of rate increases may boomerang.

Commentary: former HHS Secretary Sullivan says Obamacare resembles plan crafted by Republicans.

Commentary: health insurers use a host of tactics to erode support for Obamacare.

Commentary: Low premiums plans may cause sticker shock down the road for Obamacare subscribers.

Commentary: world's 'best' health care system is failing many right here.

Commentary: Health insurers offer a wide range of plans on exchanges, customers should pay attention to the details.

Commentary: Massachusetts law eases financial stress.

Commentary: Agents, brokers want Missouri lawmakers to undo efforts aimed at helping consumers.

Commentary: Congressional Budget Office report deliberately distorted.

Massachusetts leading the way in effort to control costs.

Commentary: 'grass-roots' campaign actually comes from health insurers.

Commentary: Conservatives slam risk fund for insurers, but have nothing to say about Medicare Advantage.

Commentary: the political challenges of both cutting costs and providing health care coverage.

Commentary: Oregon study cited by critics requires perspective.

Commentary: polling shows public doesn't understand the law.

Commentary: good government group alleges insurer isn't coming clean on political spending.

Conservative group's power has been under-covered.

Commentary: GOP topping Dems with message discipline.

Commentary: as website improves, customers are finding insurance deals.

Commentary: blaming Obamacare masks real motives.

Commentary: media scare stories, website snafus obscure opportunities to save.

Commentary: Obamacare outlaws worthless policies that insurers loved to sell.

COMMENTARY: website's problems speak to broader issue.

COMMENTARY: Government should be more forthcoming about computer glitches in Obamacare.

COMMENTARY: Republicans overplayed their hand, just as WellPoint did in 2010.

COMMENTARY: Republicans can't take advantage of problems surrounding launch of health care plan due to shutdown.

Kickoff of new law will expose irrelevance of big insurers.

Labor leaders say big business was mollified at their expense.