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Wendell Potter

Corporate Whistleblower and Author

January 26th, 2011

'How Everybody Exists' Doesn't Have to Be

If you want to know how things really get done in Washington -- or don't get done, depending on the desires of America's corporate executives -- all you have to do is read a couple of paragraphs in a Jan. 23 Philadelphia Inquirer story (see page 2).Reporter Joe DiStefano quotes ... continue reading

January 13th, 2011

3 events led 'Deadly Spin' author to turn on health insurance industry

Wendell Potter speaks about his new book Deadly Spin with a voice as crisp and dry as a laundered dress shirt. The Tennessee twang got washed away during the decades he spent as a corporate spokesman for CIGNA Corp., but his Appalachian roots held firm. During a trip back home ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

November 25th, 2010

Last Thoughts Before the Turkey Comes Calling

As I head off for Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a final thought with you about this past week's news regarding the health care executives who sat around that table in Philadelphia four years ago and decided on a course of action to, if need be, "push Michael Moore off ... continue reading

November 24th, 2010

The Health Insurance Industry’s Vendetta Against Michael Moore

Michael Moore, the Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, makes great movies but they are not generally considered “cliff-hangers.” All that might change since a whistle-blower on the “Democracy Now!” news hour revealed that health insurance executives thought they may have to implement a plan “to push Moore off a cliff.” The whistle-blower: ... continue reading

November 23rd, 2010

Wendell Potter Appearances for 'Deadly Spin'

For more information, visit WendellPotter.com AUTHOR APPEARANCES WASHINGTON, DC Tuesday, November 9, 2010 The National Press Club 529 14th Street, Northwest 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. WASHINGTON, DC Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Politics and Prose 5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW 7:00 p.m. KNOXVILLE, TN Friday, November 12, 2010 University of Tennessee ... continue reading

November 23rd, 2010

Michael Moore and Wendell Potter on Democracy Now, Part 2 - 11/23/10

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November 23rd, 2010

Michael Moore and Wendell Potter on Democracy Now, Part 1 - 11/23/10

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November 23rd, 2010

Michael Moore Meets Wendell Potter on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Part 2 - 11/22/10

OLBERMANN: We'll resume where we were now in the first conversation between the former CIGNA executive, Wendell Potter, now an insurance industry whistleblower, and Michael Moore, the film director of "Sicko." Michael, you were saying before the commercial interrupted, you tried to follow up with a question to Wendell. MOORE: ... continue reading

November 23rd, 2010

Michael Moore Meets Wendell Potter on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Part 1 - 11/22/10

OLBERMANN: In his book "Deadly Spin" former health insurance executive Wendell Potter describes his industry's efforts to de-legitimize Michael Moore's 2007 documentary "Sicko." According to Mr. Potter, the industry at large had a plan to figuratively, quote, "push Moore off the cliff." In our third story tonight, my guests, Wendell ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

November 22nd, 2010

Me and Whistleblower Wendell Potter on Olbermann Tonight: "We Knew as Much About Michael Moore as He Knows About Himself"

Tonight at 8:00 PM ET on Keith Olbermann's show on MSNBC I will meet for the very first time the man the health industry sent to Michigan to, in his words, "spy" and do "reconnaissance" so they could try to defame me and my movie ("We knew as much about ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

November 19th, 2010

How Corporate America Is Pushing Us All Off a Cliff

When someone talks about pushing you off a cliff, it's just human nature to be curious about them. Who are these people, you wonder, and why would they want to do such a thing? That's what I was thinking when corporate whistleblower Wendell Potter revealed that, when "Sicko" was being ... continue reading

Michael Moore

Author and Filmmaker

November 17th, 2010

They Said They Would Push Me "Off a Cliff"

Yesterday, on the TV and radio show "Democracy Now" hosted by Amy Goodman, the former Vice President of CIGNA, one of the nation's largest health insurance companies, revealed that CIGNA met with the other big health insurers to hatch a plan to "push" yours truly "off a cliff." The interview ... continue reading

November 17th, 2010

"Push Michael Moore Off a Cliff:" Health Insurance Whistleblower Wendell Potter Details How the Industry Attacked Michael Moore’s Film Sicko

When Academy Award-winning film director Michael Moore announced he would be making a documentary about the American healthcare system in 2004, it put the health insurance industry on high alert. One person who immediately went on the offensive was Wendell Potter, who at the time was the chief spokesperson for ... continue reading

Donna Smith

Single-Payer Advocate

November 17th, 2010

What Value Do They Add to U.S. Healthcare?

Most Americans I know really don’t like to get ripped off. We don’t mind paying for something that is what we thought we were paying for. We just hate the feeling of having been taken. And boy, are we being taken en masse by the private health insurance industry. Doubt ... continue reading

April 28th, 2010

Temple and nurses settle strike

After four marathon days of negotiating, Temple University Hospital and its 1,500 nurses and allied health professionals reached an agreement Tuesday to end a 28-day strike that began March 31.The employees plan to return to work at 7 p.m. Friday, assuming the proposed contract is approved during three ratification votes ... continue reading

January 25th, 2010

Critical Condition

[...]It's just days before Christmas and Hilda Sarkisyan is out shopping, getting ready to host dozens of guests at her Southern California home. But it's not a holiday party the family is throwing...They are preparing for a memorial service that will mark the 2nd anniversary of their daughter's death.Hilda Saarkisyan: ... continue reading

November 2nd, 2009

The Paradox of US Healthcare

For nearly two decades, Wendell Potter led a very comfortable life as a public relations health insurance executive. However, while flying on a corporate jet and being served lunch on gold-rimmed china with gold-plated cutlery, Potter had an epiphany of sorts.He realised that the reason why millions of Americans were ... continue reading

October 16th, 2009

Medicare for all Americans

The insurance industry has been working overtime to protect its commercial interest and the monstrous cash flow they take from U.S. citizens. Even locally, Santa Maria has people who have a vested interest in derailing any attempt to change the way insurance is manipulated by the industry.Scott Dunn, a partner ... continue reading

September 27th, 2009

Michael and Me

Sun Media's Jim Slotek talks to filmmaker Michael Moore about his latest documentary, Capitalism: A Love StoryBy Jim Slotek / Edmonton SunIt's called Capitalism: A Love Story. And it's ostensibly Michael Moore's magnum opus. Under the shadow of the global recession, it ties together his fury over downsizing (Roger & ... continue reading

August 18th, 2009

Last Temptation

An interview with Wendell Potter Guernica Magazine The former mouthpiece for insurance giant Cigna divulges his role in misleading the public, the emotional day that led to his whistle-blowing, and what should really scare you. In June 2007, Wendell Potter was head of corporate communications at Cigna, one of the ... continue reading

August 13th, 2009

Rep. Louise Slaughter: Angry town halls are not new

By Patrick O'Connor / Politico A veteran of the Clinton-era health care wars reminded reporters Wednesday that angry town hall meetings aren't a recent phenomenon. "This is not new," House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) told a group of reporters in the Capitol. "This has happened before." Back in ... continue reading

August 13th, 2009

Former exec: Insurers fomenting town hall chaos

By Mike Soraghan / The Hill A former health insurance executive says the disruptions taking place at lawmakers' town halls around the country are the result of stealth efforts by health insurance companies. Wendell Potter, a former CIGNA vice president, detailed what he said were past covert efforts by the ... continue reading

August 4th, 2009

What's so great about private health insurance? ...by Michael Hiltzik

The bloody battle in Congress over a 'public option' ignores the insurers' role in creating the nation's healthcare crisis and their efforts to throttle reform."Los Angeles TimesThroughout the heroic struggle in Congress to provide a "public option" in health insurance, one question never seems to get answered: Why are we ... continue reading

July 26th, 2009

Whistleblower tells of America's hidden nightmare for its sick poor

When an insurance firm boss saw a field hospital for the poor in Virginia, he knew he had to speak out. Here, he tells Paul Harris of his fears for Obama's bid to bring about radical changeBy Paul Harris / GuardianWendell Potter can remember exactly when he took the first ... continue reading

July 26th, 2009

Whistleblower tells of America's hidden nightmare for its sick poor

When an insurance firm boss saw a field hospital for the poor in Virginia, he knew he had to speak out. Here, he tells Paul Harris of his fears for Obama's bid to bring about radical change By Paul Harris / Guardian Wendell Potter can remember exactly when he took ... continue reading

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If you have a moment today, I hope you can read the obituary for my father Francis (Frank) Moore, who died this past Saturday at the age of 92: Francis...

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Time to put the cuffs on Chris Christie -- not for the bridge scandal, but for this: Chris Christie's $300m pension proposal broke state anti-corruption...

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Apr 17th
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Big new story from David Sirota and Pando on top Christie adviser and appearance of corruption at New Jersey's pension fund: REVEALED: Gov....

Apr 17th
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FBI Uncovers Al-Qaeda Plot To Just Sit Back And Enjoy Collapse Of United States www.theonion.com WASHINGTON—The FBI announced today that it has uncovered a...

Apr 15th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel's top donor bought stock in Marriott just before it was awarded huge contract pando.com As schools are closed and pensions cut,...

Apr 9th
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I'll be at First Time Fest today in New York City at the screening of my first film, Roger & Me. Loews Village 7 at 12:30 pm. Come see it on the big...

Apr 5th
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Revealed: Rahm Emanuel cuts public pensions, diverts money to benefit campaign donors pando.com If you've read the financial news out of Chicago the last...

Apr 4th
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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

Apr 4th
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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention...

Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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How Long Some in the US Will Survive Under New Health Law ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com Those who must access care to live and can afford it are not...

Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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When the U.S. Health Care System Keeps Killing, Who Cares Enough to Fight? ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com We have largely forgotten that people are at...

Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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The crime of the century -- our invasion & slaughter in Iraq -- started 11 years ago tonite in this 7pm (ET) hour, March 19th, 2003: CNN Coverage of...

Mar 19th
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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa ...by Nick Turse www.michaelmoore.com Nick Turse is an award-winning journalist, historian,...

Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Please read this important story from K. Ford K.: Am I the Face of the New American Middle Class? www.huffingtonpost.com I began to feel I had slipped so low...

Mar 13th
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Yesterday Dianne Feinstein revealed that the CIA has been spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee. This is all about the report the committee has produced...

Mar 12th
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Health Care for All Colorado has brought Mercy Killers, a show written and performed by Michael Milligan about our murderous for-profit healthcare system, to...

Mar 10th
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Health Care Dramas that Sting and Why We Have to Watch ...by Donna Smith www.michaelmoore.com The realities Milligan has written into the show cut deep into...

Mar 10th
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Did you know the Lehrer Newshour on PBS has been produced for 20 years by a company owned by conservative cable billionaire John Malone? Me neither. After...

Mar 7th
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Mr. Obama, if int’l law is so damn crucial . . . | RootsAction.org act.rootsaction.org The Russian intervention deserves criticism. But let’s be clear. The...

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