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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


Maybe running the pro-Trump Democrat wasn’t such a brilliant strategy. https://t.co/AdvRKDCHXM
Retweeted by Wendell PotterI don't know how many times I need to say this before Congress will listen, but the military doesn't need more mone… https://t.co/IoPVmwIEyc
Retweeted by Wendell PotterRepublicans just approved a $740 BILLION Pentagon budget, but sit on their hands as we try to #SaveThe600 and ensur… https://t.co/o38s8hxBIQ
Retweeted by Wendell PotterMy bill with @kamalaharris and @berniesanders to give everyone $2,000/month until the end of this crisis (and 3 mon… https://t.co/1EIutadPCs
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8/4
2020
Just so you all know, I proudly worship at First New Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in South LA. https://t.co/1sEpF5KpRF
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8/1
2020
Check out Broken, Bankrupt, and Dying, an important new book w/ real patient stories that build the case for a feas… https://t.co/yXbL8agzvm @wendellpotter I find it very peculiar that invariably, Americans complain more about our health care system here i… https://t.co/zbkf4I4Dbp
Retweeted by Wendell PotterOur own Tybre Faw will say his final goodbyes to his role model and friend John Lewis today in Atlanta at Ebenezer… https://t.co/NjnrZG18nm
Retweeted by Wendell PotterAfter finishing his speech and before approaching the Secret Service agent on his detail, President Obama stops to… https://t.co/fhWVluPZk3
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7/31
2020
Medicare was created 55 years ago. To commemorate, businesses around the country are talking about how Medicare for… https://t.co/Jgwupwv28X
7/30
2020
WE ARE DOCTORS. We are on the frontlines of this crisis. We will never, ever forget the pain and the loss we see an… https://t.co/MbLXy3xAxo
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7/29
2020
Rep. Jayapal questions AG Barr on difference in law enforcement response to protests: “In Michigan, when protester… https://t.co/hTxpZmKNk1
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7/28
2020
This was absolutely the right move by @Delta — we need to take seriously wearing masks and that’s going to require… https://t.co/o9xX5NY2UO
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7/27
2020
I’m not a big birthday guy, but appreciate the feature @playbookplus https://t.co/FnLdyHKrwW
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7/26
2020
I’m weary. I’m not a public health messaging expert, but being a part of the media I can’t help but think about h… https://t.co/wFoitqJldR
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter Private Insurance exploits sick Americans, because it's PROFITABLE The British don't die or go brok… https://t.co/2M09epg2xs
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter Took care of 26 year old in ER who couldn’t afford insulin. He died of dka. Last thing I heard was h… https://t.co/HfhMiz024A
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter When I started working as an EMT, I was shocked by how many diabetic patients I had who were amputee… https://t.co/AINfURstrw
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter My best friend is a Type 1 diabetic. It blew my mind when she told me about the network people have… https://t.co/94XcbUg92K
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter Oh we get it and we do not appreciate it. Most of us don't bother going to the doctor because we ca… https://t.co/cfDoxLA5PK
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter I keep tweeting it..... American healthcare won’t improve until they take commercial insurance compa… https://t.co/1qLpZxJT8M
Retweeted by Wendell PotterAnother huge crowd tonight in Portland, including a new "wall" on the front lines: a Wall of Vets. Here's a look a… https://t.co/2TApQJjnh8
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7/25
2020
This shouldn't happen in America. If health insurers can’t come up with better ways to help their customers manage… https://t.co/X7NESX3QPOThe industry’s top lobbyist in CT says insurers use copays as leverage in negotiating lower prices with drug compan… https://t.co/jbcKc8xtLaThe other thing to understand? The insurance companies, through public comments, are acknowledging that they're lar… https://t.co/pUKZclYMJBThere are 2 things to understand here: 1) We’re talking about pocket change compared to the huge profits insurers m… https://t.co/xKysPmeM1PThe bill would save lives, but that's of little concern to the lobbying group for the state’s insurers. They argue… https://t.co/CA7Q34sRppUnfortunately, the proposed law would NOT apply to those who get insurance through an employer, because those plans… https://t.co/UueXCpN8sa1 in 4 Americans (many of them insured) put their lives at risk by rationing insulin. To provide some relief, CT la… https://t.co/DDF2dVoQKRIn many cases, people with diabetes have insurance through work or the marketplace -- but their copays & deductible… https://t.co/cZi1OFt7MTAs a former health insurance exec, I don’t think the public appreciates how heartless & profit-obsessed the industr… https://t.co/t2a462w2LnCutting UI is political suicide, yet Republicans are trying to do just that. As a sociologist who studied attitude… https://t.co/J2qq6QxxZx
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7/24
2020
Health insurer UnitedHealth issues happy statements about supporting racial equality — but here’s what they do behi… https://t.co/TWTkRMsh73
7/23
2020
This history is so essential to understand in order to change our future for the better. Knowledge is power, folks.… https://t.co/Wx0XYKOWbx
7/22
2020
Grateful to https://t.co/Rq5BdBl552 for the shout out about my interview with Philadelphia Magazine. https://t.co/op107TRts8$20 for health insurance, $600 for rent, and $0 for food per month. @McDonalds and @Visa, do I really need to get m… https://t.co/QANtAlpEOf
Retweeted by Wendell PotterMichael Brooks, Political Commentator and Podcast Host, Dies at 37 – Variety https://t.co/7ggCKvpl0g
Retweeted by Wendell PotterMy faith is central to my sense of purpose, that we have to heal the world. After seeing Trump in action the past 3… https://t.co/brN2YLc6aD
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7/21
2020
I was a health insurance exec for 20 years and shamefully lied to Americans about the drawbacks of a single-payer s… https://t.co/HONXOoErKq
Retweeted by Wendell PotterI didn’t think it was possible to be more disgusted w/ America’s insurance industry. But I read @wendellpotter’s “D… https://t.co/MXdEAWFJcm
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7/19
2020
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Do not become bitter or hostile. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Never, ever be af… https://t.co/L20A2Nwqye
Retweeted by Wendell PotterThere have been more than 30 tweets from @realDonaldTrump since the death of @repjohnlewis late last night. Nowhere… https://t.co/yYpLkQlbDp
Retweeted by Wendell PotterI haven't even begun to process how tremendously fucked up this is. Thank you, @kenklippenstein, for exposing our f… https://t.co/N8EJUO3D9C
Retweeted by Wendell Potter“Faith is being so sure of what the spirit has whispered in your heart that your belief in its eventuality is unshakable.” -John Lewis
Retweeted by Wendell PotterIt was. See: The last four years. https://t.co/haAQIYkBq6
Retweeted by Wendell PotterTerrifying https://t.co/ADvXxbPw7s
Retweeted by Wendell PotterWaking up today feels so painful and heavy on the heart knowing that #JohnLewis has passed away. In his presence, o… https://t.co/qO221yI8cs
Retweeted by Wendell PotterFirst Amendment speech should never be met with one-sided violence from federal agents acting as Trump’s secret pol… https://t.co/lr5n6m2szM
Retweeted by Wendell PotterUnidentified stormtroopers. Unmarked cars. Kidnapping protesters and causing severe injuries in response to graffit… https://t.co/3LAyADR6ya
Retweeted by Wendell PotterAwful, awful news: Civil Rights Icon Rep John Lewis has died.
Retweeted by Wendell PotterMy latest, on Kamala Harris and Facebook: https://t.co/D421oAikoo
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Retweeted by Wendell PotterCongratulations to @JamaalBowmanNY for winning the congressional primary in NY-16! Jamaal will be a powerful advoca… https://t.co/eckWHu6Qcv
Retweeted by Wendell PotterWe lost a legend today. Rev. C.T. Vivian dedicated his life to fighting for racial justice and civil rights. We o… https://t.co/rHXSR3sojy
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Retweeted by Wendell PotterHere's a #FBF: @SenatorCollins laughing away with Brett Kavanaugh before she disgraced herself and ignored survivor… https://t.co/60L4Uar7Ap
Retweeted by Wendell PotterIt’s official! Congratulations, @JamaalBowmanNY! I can’t wait to fight alongside you in Congress for transformati… https://t.co/iXYhQjLEdV
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7/18
2020
@JoyAnnReid I was a skeptic for a long time, too, Joy.During the pandemic, while a record-breaking 5.4 million Americans lost their health insurance, UnitedHealth—one of… https://t.co/CtccXcUyuN
Retweeted by Wendell Potter5.4 million Americans lost health insurance in the pandemic. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth just posted its most profitab… https://t.co/CnixXjtKfr
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter I’m a former Blue Shield of CA executive. I’m also not surprised UnitedHealth and other insurers are… https://t.co/dCc2sIpf1z
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter @memnosoncos Most physicians know “united healthcare has mastered the art of not paying” their medic… https://t.co/a0Mt2CugWa
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter they will have to do something to top those numbers next year so they won't have to report lower ear… https://t.co/w8UGyqUYV6
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter During those 3 months, United Health also closed 7 clinics (several for mental health) and laid off… https://t.co/O9fjIvM11B
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7/17
2020
I knew insurers would thrive during #COVID19, as elective procedures were cancelled. But the size of UnitedHealth’s… https://t.co/QbBhnhouyAThese numbers should make your blood boil & remind you that insurers are unnecessary middlemen. UnitedHealth made a… https://t.co/KYZKDN3aNUGet this - its “medical loss ratio” (how much it actually pays in medical claims for every dollar it collects in pr… https://t.co/tO5vuaTLGoEven that $6.6 billion number obscures just how much the company made. They took in $9.2 billion in profits from it… https://t.co/ABpAMYNckGYou have to wade through that crap before finding that the company had its most profitable quarter EVER, making ove… https://t.co/njEI4rmJ7dTheir flacks knew people would be outraged by their profiting off of the pandemic, so they began the release with s… https://t.co/rYU1kB2tlFWhen I was at Cigna, I'd help write quarterly earnings releases. I know the tricks corporate flacks use to try to s… https://t.co/jhDsugldPZYou have to wade through 2 paragraphs of complete BS about how “compassionate” UnitedHealth’s employees are, before… https://t.co/AQRO0EVX5BI honestly wanted to vomit when I read this press release from UnitedHealth disclosing how huge its windfall profit… https://t.co/cS7oRelDIA
7/16
2020
High-deductible plans can steal years from our lives & that’s just fine with my former industry. As a result, Ameri… https://t.co/Oa3NfOs1zuWhen I quit in 2008, insurers embarked on a campaign to move all of us into high deductible plans. The more people… https://t.co/FuO3jd5e7pOne reason I quit my job was I could no longer mislead people into believing that high-deductible plans were a good… https://t.co/yvFRiixc8nIf Jill doesn’t get the radiation & chemo her doctors say she needs, she'll likely die within a year. With them, sh… https://t.co/qfOmpHcqOG“Over the last 3 weeks, we’ve spent nearly $3k in out-of-pocket medical expenses,” Ron wrote on the GoFundMe. “Once… https://t.co/NgqDIjJNmBBecause Jill can no longer work, she is now on COBRA, which extends her employer-sponsored coverage for a few month… https://t.co/bDsbontFAyYou read that right: They’re selling their belongings in order to afford emergency care. In America. And they have… https://t.co/L1hByW6NoYJill, 56, is covered under a Cigna policy, but the deductible is so high she and her husband are selling their belo… https://t.co/IEitMYCu6aIf I were still there, I'd have heard about Jill Eicher, a former social worker in Baltimore for the homeless. In M… https://t.co/vxyvCzytJrAt Cigna, I handled many high profile cases about patients having trouble getting care they needed even though they… https://t.co/SB5WCAsqufAs a former exec at the health insurance company Cigna, I need to share a horrible story involving my old company a… https://t.co/eyDyhQfpYC
7/15
2020
Betsy deVos says enthusiastically that “only” .02% of kids will die if we open schools up again fully. I think that… https://t.co/yuRgJvEzAh
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7/13
2020
@wendellpotter Wendell could use your support 🙏... We're a small team of tailors with a small Kickstarter. help us… https://t.co/EZ6E04kBe2
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7/11
2020
You can learn more about Nataline’s life & dreams, and struggle to live, at the link below. I never had the privile… https://t.co/IifBXheq7gThat was it for me. I quit and became a whistleblower, because I couldn't keep defending life-threatening industry… https://t.co/aJoZXVJW1Q"Prior authorization" requirements (which doctors say have become increasingly prevalent) are time-consuming. Patie… https://t.co/T1xiDjp8ujWhen reporters learned that Cigna had denied the transplant, they called me because I was the company's spokesman.… https://t.co/kKyfPl2nKg2500 miles away from Nataline’s hospital bed, a Cigna medical director refused her doctor’s pleas. He’d never laid… https://t.co/TAMAIcAQYrNataline needed a liver transplant her surgeons were confident would save her life. But due to a little-known looph… https://t.co/nSdMXPz7h8I'm often asked what made me quit the health insurance industry & become a whistleblower. A big turning point was t… https://t.co/IfnnminIAL
7/10
2020
A tale of two #COVID19 #pandemics: Canada: Lost jobs: 3 million Lost health insurance: 0 US: Lost jobs: 40 milli… https://t.co/4GcrfGm8XQ
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7/7
2020
Show our support to all frontline workers - #COVID19 cases are soaring yet #HeroPay is being cut? That’s not right.… https://t.co/bTvX0L6xeG
Retweeted by Wendell PotterNEW in the NYT from @BharatRamamurti and me: unless Congress acts, millions will take a paycut as they return to wo… https://t.co/AHOwBcA145
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7/6
2020
It has been nearly four months since police officers murdered Breonna Taylor as she was sleeping. It is long overdu… https://t.co/i2TMpIGO9x
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7/3
2020
Guess what? Progressive ideas work! While we aren’t out of the woods, there’s no doubt that aggressive monetary a… https://t.co/MS6cdIMRQo
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7/2
2020
@wendellpotter Ps. I am most interested to follow you as I have family and friends who live in the USA and a few be… https://t.co/JRyQu1oyi7
Retweeted by Wendell Potter @wendellpotter Dear Mr Potter, Thank you for putting this msg out. As a Canadian I am proud and thankful for my cou… https://t.co/DVDqh4SOZb
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7/1
2020

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