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. Potter is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act.

Commentary: fewer uninsured, but debt, mental health coverage and dental care are on the agenda for 2015.

Commentary: fate of Vermont single-payer initiative may depend on financing plan.

Not all health insurance plans are created equal. Shoppers should get to work now on finding the right policy.

Commentary: new film takes on 'world's best' medical system.

Supreme Court case backed by think tank hinges on single sentence in Affordable Care Act.

Commentary: Obama administration let foes define Affordable Care Act.

Commentary: midterm results create a friendlier Congress.

Commentary: insurers have the cash to spread fear, confusion

The insurance industry is lobbying Democrats to allow "copper" plans with high deductibles to be sold under the Affordable Care Act.

California makes it easy to do your homework.

Commentary: former governor supported plan allowing coverage for undocumented residents.

The Affordable Care Act has reduced the ranks of the uninsured, but cost of care must be addressed.

Commentary: eliminating role of insurers could improve health care delivery.

Commentary: health insurers are transforming themselves — but into what?

If Boeing experiment flies, health care system could be transformed.

Proposition 45 would allow California's insurance chief to block insurance rate hikes; insurers are spending millions to kill it.

Commentary: reform drove down hospital costs, creating Medicare savings, but insurers, doctors and drug companies escaped cuts.

Commentary: the role of distortion in health care politics.

Commentary: Obamacare has not resulted in long waits for a doctor.

Commentary: Political foes prefer to score points rather than work together on solutions.

Commentary: much-maligned Affordable Care Act attracting for-profit insurers, driving prices down in some states.

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Former Medicare chief's support for UK's health care system may win votes in race for governor of Massachusetts.

Commentary: program bills are excessive, but don't expect reforms.

Commentary: soaring compensation, rising stock prices don't justify higher premiums.

Commentary: Obamacare coverage that doesn't inform.

Commentary: Policyholders benefit from Obamacare provision.

Commentary: Canadians take pride in their health care system.

Commentary: multi-faceted effort to defeat California ballot initiative.

Commentary: Arizona case resolved after victim became a 'squeaky wheel'

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