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Wendell Potter @wendellpotter Philadelphia, PA

Former VP, @cigna. Whistleblower and reformed insurance propagandist. President, @M4A_NOW, @BusinessM4A. Media inquiries: andrew@feldmanstrategies.com.

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Joined Twitter 10/24/08


you can watch live here! Now! https://t.co/TEWvPj8M6O
Retweeted by Wendell PotterSurprise medical bills come in all shapes and sizes with many causes. The bottom line is they’re all unnecessary, a… https://t.co/a0aPPIwaRCBIG NEWS: New study by Chris Cai et al. just up at @PLOSMedicine. -First ever systematic review of economic analyse… https://t.co/1VHA4yM4rs
Retweeted by Wendell PotterIt was defending “horror stories” — the phrase we used for them in the industry — like this that led me to quit my… https://t.co/w81BjdrKyo
1/17
2020
We need more brave truth tellers like @wendellpotter who can expose the myths that the for-profit health care indus… https://t.co/8y1i6Bwy4X
Retweeted by Wendell PotterFormer insurance executive @wendellpotter: "Medicare for all" would eliminate jobs that are "not needed"… https://t.co/YtWkPISW8B
Retweeted by Wendell PotterSuper proud to be cofounder of @Aspiration with @AndreiCherny - check out this new feature in @FortuneMagazine for… https://t.co/z4WIec6KAY
Retweeted by Wendell PotterCorrection: just got the full numbers in and thank you to the over one million who watched us yesterday!!!! Record… https://t.co/4KSNgkwnYO
Retweeted by Wendell PotterThe @washingtonpost published an op-ed today slamming Bernie Sanders and Medicare for All that was written by execs… https://t.co/9dvU4RfYsI
Retweeted by Wendell PotterIn this video, @ShaunKing talks about our broken health care system; he explains how being well organized can help… https://t.co/8BGrWV8ycE
Retweeted by Wendell PotterPeople! Medicare for All is the single most important force for organizing in this election right now. @m4a_now is… https://t.co/TmffimNzHL
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1/16
2020
Annnndddd we're off..... I can't wait to knock doors, host events, and onboard more South Carolinians in the fight… https://t.co/bNVKpSzjDL
Retweeted by Wendell PotterExciting news from the frontlines of the fight to win #MedicareForAll: our team is partnering with folks in South C… https://t.co/p863AEo8K8
Retweeted by Wendell PotterIt is clear we need #MedicareForAll https://t.co/WSSh6nxiyeCan you point me to others from inside health care? I’m serious, I’d love to meet these people. https://t.co/9501eSy2jJDuring the Democratic debate, you may hear a reference to health care "choice." "I played a hand in crafting this d… https://t.co/mwVnr1mRIH
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1/15
2020
"To my everlasting regret, I played a hand in crafting this deceptive talking point about choice when I was a vice… https://t.co/TwQRIkuPYR
Retweeted by Wendell PotterI owe the American people an apology. Please don’t fall for this trick from the health insurance industry (and th… https://t.co/hFoVaUbQjtA reminder that @ewarren and @BernieSanders respect each other more than you respect half your friends, and, while… https://t.co/Z8MXyn1Dt1
Retweeted by Wendell PotterGreat piece of investigative journalism by Alex Kotch of CMD about the power of a single Big Pharma lobbyist https://t.co/ApQnPXcylu100 MILLION people are pushed into extreme poverty each year due to medical expenses. 🚑 😢
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1/14
2020
Big banks know fossil fuels cause climate change. But JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citibank a… https://t.co/TIU4p9kFlk
Retweeted by Wendell PotterAs someone on the "inside" for decades, trust me: The industry will spend whatever it takes to crush pols who push… https://t.co/2hV5U5uTugReporters might wish to keep a close eye on the flow of money from the industry into the Chamber, and how that mone… https://t.co/u8Sai2lTOwYou can expect the Chamber to work hand-in-glove with the industry's front group, the @P4AHCF, to develop an anti-M… https://t.co/nbVviM8NUDIf it seems like I'm making too much of the Chamber entering this fight, look at its board of directors. You'll see… https://t.co/SiaHcrRIsDKeep in mind, this was money Americans paid in premiums, under the mistaken assumption it would be used to cover th… https://t.co/kdNhwOcv8l10 years ago, the industry secretly funneled $100m to the Chamber to finance a propaganda campaign against the bill… https://t.co/vPNC5hEmi4The US Chamber of Commerce is not to be confused with your local Chamber. It's one of DC's biggest pay-for-play out… https://t.co/1ARzNu8BgHFear of these candidates means we’re about to see the mother of all propaganda campaigns against them. A big clue h… https://t.co/Vt57Y7VWbxBIG development to watch in the presidential race over next few months: It's not lost on my old colleagues in the h… https://t.co/62wxeeh7OI
1/13
2020
The Dow soars, wages don’t. Inequality in a nutshell. https://t.co/hD1g1y4uBk
Retweeted by Wendell PotterThis is one of the most tragic developments happening in our nation — if our children are our future, we are failin… https://t.co/LmY5yVn66M
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1/12
2020
Let’s see. Who paid for and conducted this “survey”? Could it be...health insurers that sell MA plans? Show us your… https://t.co/rGh4Dn0Rfo“Behind the scenes, @PhRMA, @AHIPCoverage and others work together very closely when there is any threat to the sta… https://t.co/bELiX1LbwX“Twenty years ago, in 1999, the cost of a family policy through the workplace was about $5,700. Now it's over $20,5… https://t.co/CJNPAq1eZ9“I knew that as long as we let insurance companies continue to run our health care system, it was going to get worse and worse."From my @TheTNHoller interview: "I knew that getting everybody into high-deductible plans would be just great for i… https://t.co/z6A0BeWSGq"Sometimes I share my story about how much of the work I did was putting out propaganda to make people think that [… https://t.co/gzCjthshmGSee you soon Los Angeles! @KerriHarrisDE @ErikaFeresten https://t.co/03Kdsa7giINow more than $500,000. https://t.co/nhjSfqfiFa
Retweeted by Wendell Potter“Which candidate do you think has the health care policy position that aligns most closely with your views?” Sande… https://t.co/T7ySgpGJ8v
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1/11
2020
Thanks @Upworthy. https://t.co/oOxEVoZLdEWe’re LIVE NOW with Cigna health insurance executive-turned-Medicare for All advocate @wendellpotter of… https://t.co/0HBGq57EA5
Retweeted by Wendell PotterIf you’re a reporter interested in attending, please RSVP here: https://t.co/LTf0kVGMVGMedia advisory: I will be in Des Moines, Iowa with @PramilaJayapal and @MarkPocan on Saturday at a Small Business M… https://t.co/0TCzMv33ZyWhat’s the word for a heartwarming story made necessary by horrific systemic failures https://t.co/l8HKZ6470W
Retweeted by Wendell PotterTeamed up with @curaffairs to lay down the truth about Medicare-for-All (and take on Monopoly Man while we're at it… https://t.co/MxbkMa16WM
Retweeted by Wendell PotterProud to join @M4A_NOW as a Senior Advisor. We’re here to push back in the propaganda of healthcare corporatists… https://t.co/O17f8JtCOG
Retweeted by Wendell PotterThese are some fantastic leaders who will help make Medicare for All a reality https://t.co/ufhUznm33M
Retweeted by Wendell PotterPlease take a moment to welcome @AbdulElSayed to the team at @m4a_now. He and @KerriHarrisDE are leading and buildi… https://t.co/lhxHLwbo8D
1/10
2020
TOMORROW 1PM CST we’ll have @wendellpotter - former insurance company VP at Cigna, now a BUSINESS FOR MEDICARE FOR… https://t.co/dPJnwCGkPO
Retweeted by Wendell PotterMy take: “The AMA dropping out of the @P4AHCF is very significant.” https://t.co/qlcjDgLAqBNo one is safe from this insurance scheme, trust me. https://t.co/4GuFidtmCH https://t.co/mKCuiKAEjZ @njb3051 @wendellpotter @danweissmann Proud to work with @wendellpotter at @MFA_NOW
Retweeted by Wendell PotterMy comment in this: “Even the biggest insurance plans are not big enough to bargain down the cost of services, and… https://t.co/A2R8pSj6Sh
1/9
2020
Surprise! Got a cray health bill? Here's @wendellpotter telling it like it is! https://t.co/P8PT48TURa
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter And in Scranton one organization owns the hospital and the ER is owned by a completely different org… https://t.co/pYgUrXgUEU
Retweeted by Wendell Potter#SinglePayer would not only eliminate surprise medical bills, it would eliminate *all* patient billing. No other pr… https://t.co/A5pu0UKyNu
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1/8
2020
New @AnnalsofIM study finds that, in 2017, health admin. costs were more than fourfold higher per capita in the U.S… https://t.co/hr4ktWdnzM
Retweeted by Wendell PotterThis is what I'm referring to when I say health insurance in America is a hall of mirrors. It's designed that way. https://t.co/eWMZNyQ8dT
Retweeted by Wendell PotterAs I know firsthand, insurers are driven by 1 thing: profit. That makes them the worst possible gatekeeper for your… https://t.co/tqKXyj1SFPAnd if that politician says they’re against surprise bills, but their health “reform” plan protects the status quo… https://t.co/9lOd9Q8pddSo if a politician tells you that you need private insurance companies to be “gate-keepers” to your medical care, t… https://t.co/wlYBumxQ7hInsurers now routinely exclude groups of doctors, including ER docs and anesthesiologists, from their networks... e… https://t.co/au74SybQZgIt was a nightmare for many people. But it was just another day on the job for us. Making big changes to provider n… https://t.co/22NhXL5BHUWhen I ran PR at Cigna, we abruptly dropped a popular hospital from our network. The result: Thousands had to chang… https://t.co/t0kY0zSBXtInsurers don’t have enough leverage at the negotiating table to control unit prices. So they aim to make it harder… https://t.co/pAlfk8LOHvThere are 2 ways to control health care costs: 1) Attack the unit price of health care goods & services (eg, Rx dru… https://t.co/iM4M9CzbpkThis happens a lot. It’s because of a scheme quietly hatched by insurance companies like the ones I worked at, wher… https://t.co/uc2k6aFxHrThere’s a good chance the hospital you went to was "in network," but the doctor who treated you was NOT. In other w… https://t.co/6zpnU5VnF2As a former health insurance exec, I’m worried for folks this week. If history is any guide, a lot of you visited t… https://t.co/JIhlQrgiWUWant to know why hospitals are terrified of Medicare for all or a public option? Take a look at this chart.… https://t.co/AJzjNg3enT
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1/7
2020
@TheDrashman @wendellpotter @tarbellorg Cigna Sued for RICO Violations, “Brazen Embezzlement and Conversion Scheme”… https://t.co/79HX2msHE4
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1/4
2020
Little personal news: Today I start as a full-time investigative reporter at the Center for Media and Democracy (… https://t.co/KQ8vqRS4V3
Retweeted by Wendell PotterSomething monumental in American politics happened today. The candidate talking about Medicare For All with the mos… https://t.co/GSfEK7Nf5V
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1/2
2020
Average price of bypass surgery: 🇺🇸 $78,318 🇦🇺 $28,888 🇨🇭 $34,224 🇬🇧 $24,059 Average price of an MRI: 🇺🇸 $1,119 🇦🇺… https://t.co/jTcIQ4VABE
Retweeted by Wendell Potterbest part of this video is when Bernie asks the NBC reporter “how much will the public option cost” and the reporte… https://t.co/Lj8WWXzPJv
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1/1
2019
The Bernie Sanders campaign is sending out Michigan-focused text messages tying Medicare for All to auto insurance… https://t.co/RSrolfV4g4
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12/31
2019
Heading into 2020: • People are getting almost no relief from high hospital, doctor and drug bills.… https://t.co/0FDbX0Q9xZ
Retweeted by Wendell PotterI am less interested in the rather obvious fact that Bret Stephens shouldn’t be a columnist than I am in the fact t… https://t.co/41Tj3XG5Xa
Retweeted by Wendell PotterHealthcare in America is still dysfunctional and overpriced, but it’s also mind-boggling complicated. Some see Medi… https://t.co/zHJ2PZlRjE
Retweeted by Wendell PotterLooking forward to what I’m sure will be equal parts funny and horrifying as @franifio uncovers what’s wrong with A… https://t.co/DO28HBNzSE
12/30
2019
My theory of beating Trump. Run a true progressive. And sell their policies in a way too few progressives do — in… https://t.co/hY96Ul3iM2
Retweeted by Wendell PotterThe problem with our health care system is high prices. Medicare for All is the most effective way to lower prices… https://t.co/LW97Z89NsT
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12/29
2019
This is a must read. Also a must: for candidates running on a public option to explain EXACTLY how it would be stru… https://t.co/rBkL487x7m
12/28
2019
@bhorton55 @BusinessM4A Thanks Barbara, make sure to join @BusinessM4A!A good piece that explains my motivations, which I hope are transparent to all at this point, and our important wor… https://t.co/RjsliXaLuo
12/27
2019
The Christmas Eve Confessions of Chuck Todd. https://t.co/64nLjKiXqr My new post. I hope you will read it.
Retweeted by Wendell Potter.@wendellpotter: @PeteButtigieg uses industry talking points against progressive health care policy… https://t.co/e3gKVKsMKg
Retweeted by Wendell PotterI appreciate the sentiment behind these tweets, but it's putting the onus on the person suffering to reach out. Dep… https://t.co/ux80NTGwnt
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12/26
2019
Merry Christmas! May you and yours draw energy from one another this holiday season as we recharge to win health care for all in 2020.% of U.S. adults without health insurance: ➡️ 2013: 18% ➡️ 2016: 10.9% ➡️ 2018: 13.7% Don’t let Trump get away w… https://t.co/75xkkSUdYk
Retweeted by Wendell PotterMillions of kids around the country need you to know of this terrible thing called "meal debt" where kids who can't… https://t.co/5lGUuHIGUI
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12/25
2019
And that it's an industry that feeds off political access. Good being on the segment with you. https://t.co/LeIy4l365n
Retweeted by Wendell PotterMedicare for All is the most complicated and expensive health care system — except for all the others. https://t.co/GqiyyEpC3B
12/24
2019
We never went on food stamps because mom had been convinced they were only for poor white trash, and that we someho… https://t.co/mYP7H4x8Lv
Retweeted by Wendell PotterI made it clear on @amjoyshow this morning that the health insurance industry’s goal is to make us fearful of chang… https://t.co/56u9rFloZm
12/22
2019
https://t.co/bKseHKRmFDWe're trending #reiders! Amazing job! Can we take our #AMJoy hashtag even higher? Let's do it! #AMJoy... #AMJoy...… https://t.co/z5CPph1j5V
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12/21
2019

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