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About Wendell Potter
Wendell Potter is a nationally prominent advocate for health care reform. He is the author of several books including the New York Times Bestseller Deadly Spin, An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans. His writing has appeared in many publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, The Nation, and the Guardian.
He is regularly quoted by major media like the New York Times, The Washington Post and others, and appears frequently as a guest on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR.
Before becoming an outspoken advocate for health care reform, Potter headed Cigna’s corporate communications team and served as chief corporate spokesperson. After seeing firsthand how strategic PR and lobbying is used unfairly to tilt the scales toward corporate interests and against the people’s interests, Potter left his corporate career to advocate for meaningful health care reform.
In Congressional testimony in 2009 he described how insurance companies used price increases to force businesses with sick workers to drop their policies, flouted consumer protection regulations, and intentionally made it difficult for consumers to obtain clear information about their policies.
He also revealed how insurance companies wage multi-million dollar PR and lobbying campaigns to influence public opinion and public policy. Since then, he has spoken at more than 200 public forums.
Wendell Potter’s career as a communicator and advocate for health care reform continues as an author of books and columns, a speaker, and appearances in the media. He is the president of the Business Initiative for Health Policy and the host of a new podcast called The Potter Report, available on iTunes and Spotify.
About TR Reid
TR Reid is the author of numerous books including the New York Times best-seller The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper and Fairer Health Care. He is a longtime correspondent for The Washington Post and former chief of its Tokyo and London bureaus. He frequently appears as a guest on NPR and PBS.