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“My name is Wendell Potter, and for twenty years I worked as a senior executive at health insurance companies. I saw how they confuse their customers and dump the sick—all so they can satisfy their Wall Street investors.”—Senate testimony, June 24, 2009

Wendell Potter is the insurance industry’s worst nightmare.

In June 2009, Potter made national headlines with his scorching testimony before the Senate panel on health care reform. This former senior vice president of CIGNA explained how health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, how they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and how they skew political debate with multibillion-dollar public relations campaigns designed to spread disinformation.

Potter had walked away from a six-figure salary and two decades as an insurance executive, because he could no longer abide the routine practices of an industry where the needs of sick and suffering Americans take a backseat to the bottom line. The last straw was when he visited a rural health clinic and saw hundreds of people standing in line in the rain to receive treatment in stalls built for livestock.

In Deadly Spin, Potter takes listeners behind the scenes to show how a huge chunk of our absurd health care spending actually bankrolls a propaganda campaign and lobbying effort focused on protecting one thing: profits. Whatever the fate of the current health care legislation, it makes no attempt to change that fundamental problem. Potter shows how relentless PR assaults play an insidious role in our political process anywhere that corporate profits are at stake—from climate change to defense policy. Deadly Spin tells us why—and how—we must fight back.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wendell Potter is a straight shooter—and he hits the bulls-eye here with an exposé of corporate power that reveals why real health care reform didn’t happen, can’t happen, and won’t happen until that power is contained.”

    Bill Moyers

  • “The recently passed health care bill did many good things… What the bill did not do is reform the health care system. Wendell Potter explains why not, and what went wrong.”

    Howard Dean

  • “The ideal whistle-blower…his testimony [is] logical, specific, and convincing.”

    Time

  • “Potter’s street cred and deep knowledge of the industry make his indictment unusually vivid and compelling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This whistle-blower perspective will heighten discussion and debate on the vital topic of health care in America.”

    Booklist

  • “An illuminating, up-to-the-minute testimonial sure to garner widespread attention and controversy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Edwin | 2/19/2014

    " I really liked this book and it makes you think. It does get repetitive and drag in some places, but overall it has a good message and does accomplish the task of making you want to rage against "corporate America" and their public manipulation. If you are a conservative you probably will not like this book, but I feel like the author tries to stay non bias. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ann | 2/15/2014

    " Every citizen should read this and learn who really is in control of our country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/6/2014

    " All Americans concerned with healthcare and health insurance need to read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by H Wesselius | 2/3/2014

    " This book could be fascinating ..... if you were American. For a non-American , you are left scratching or shaking your head; wondering why any developed country would think such a convoluted system is the proper way to provide medical care. His discussion of the effect of Michael Moore, free health care charity, and the profit motive are worth read but i began to lose interest when he started to explain the minutiae of legislation and corporate rules -- at that point I thanked Tommy Douglas for bringing medicare to Canada and closed the book "

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About the Author
Author Wendell Potter

Wendell Potter is a former vice president of corporate communications at CIGNA, one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States. In June 2009, he testified against the HMO industry in the US Senate as a whistle-blower. Now an active voice on health care reform and a fellow at the Center for Media and Democracy, he has appeared in high-profile interviews with Bill Moyers and various others.