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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendell Potter Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9781400189250
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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, Wendell 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: 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. Download and start listening now!

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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 ideal whistleblower...his testimony [is] logical, specific, and convincing. Time
  • “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 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 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 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 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 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan Plant | 1/28/2014

    " I am working on health care reform and wanted to read this to see what an industry insider had to say about health insurance companies. While I can't say I was surprised at the tactics and behavior detailed in the book, it was helpful to refresh my cynicism by reading such concrete examples of their profit-driven ways. The sad part is knowing how terribly their policies have impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and how our newest excursion into health care reform will still be based on a platform that has profit as its bottom line. Wendell Potter writes well and clearly and I appreciate that he had the courage to turn his back on his companies and his former colleagues and tell the truth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/20/2014

    " Interesting book about the insurance industry from the PR standpoint. The insurance industry really does need an overhaul. Wendell Potter should be commended for coming forth with his story of working in the spin business for the insurance industry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 12/25/2013

    " Super depressing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Messenger | 11/27/2013

    " Quite an eye opener not only in terms of health insurance, but PR in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 10/26/2013

    " Anyone who is concerned about healthcare in this country or who feels like either big business (insurance companies) or the government have too much control over who has access to care MUST read this book. The most important book I have read in quite some time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwight | 10/1/2013

    " Wendell Potter is an ex-Cigna VP for communications who wrote this book after leaving the industry of his own free will after experiencing a moral awakening. Worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie | 2/4/2013

    " I believe that every American in this nation should have to read this book as a prerequisite to voting or talking about the Affordable Care Act. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Comfychair | 8/17/2012

    " Well-written expose of how people are being deceived by corporate America, and that private health insurance has only one concern: profits. Profits at any cost, including lives and health care itself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John M | 5/3/2012

    " This is really important to read. "If there is one message--and one that is actually true--it is this: Always look behind any public argument to see how your emotions are being manipulated. And count on it. They are." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ken Schoville | 6/17/2011

    " Gut wrenching look at the mumipulations of not only our health care industry, but also oil, all socially connected business (aren't they all) and most importantly the future of the "news" biz. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 5/25/2011

    " Chilling. Parallels Wall Street, Retail and every other industry. Public Relations expose. The American public is eating it up. Much like our waistlines we are gluttonous and getting fatter on garbage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 5/14/2011

    " A book everyone should read... it is an eye opener "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/7/2011

    " I've seen the author interviewed on several programs. His book is a very interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 4/8/2011

    " I think every American should read this book, it not only shows how the Insurance industry rips us off while using smoke and mirrors, but the Public Relation groups of all major industries spin the American people dizzy so they don't know what and who is stealing from them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/26/2011

    " In on sitting, I read a third of this gripping book. This is a MUST READ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 2/25/2011

    " A must read. Written by an insider in the health care industry, the book reveals how insurance companies influence debates over health care reform and continue to rake in massive profits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oak | 2/25/2011

    " Do not read this if you already have high blood pressure. Simply and quickly lays out the PR evils of major industries, focusing on Health Insurance companies. You may know they are evil, but this shows you exactly how. Really really good read, highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victoria | 2/4/2011

    " Pretty much confirmed what I have long thought - as long as health insurance and health care provision are for profit enterprises there will be no reform in that area, nor fair, equitable or affordable access for all in this country. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.