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Wendell Potter

Health Care Whistleblower Author, Deadly Spin

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 Wendell Potter Biography

Wendell Potter's journey from health care spokesperson to whistleblower and health care reform advocate was not one he intended. With a long career in the industry, most notably as head of corporate communications and chief corporate spokesperson for CIGNA, Potter could no longer ignore what he saw.

His first step towards becoming a whistleblower came in July 2007, when he witnessed a touring free clinic at a fairgrounds in rural Virginia. What he saw appalled him. Hundreds of desperate people, most without any medical insurance, descended on the clinic from out of the hills. People stood in long lines to have the most basic medical procedures carried out free of charge. Some had driven more than 200 miles from Georgia. Many were treated in the open air or in animal stalls. Potter took pictures of patients lying on trolleys on rain-soaked pavements.

Potter resigned in 2008 and became an active voice on health care reform, as it became clear to him that the insurance industry and its allies were having a distorting effect on the national debate. According to Potter, financial goals were coming ahead of patient care, with every incentive to deny coverage in order to meet Wall Street's expectations. Stepping far out of his comfort zone, Potter made his public debut by testifying before the U.S. Senate in June 2009 about the practices of the insurance industry to undermine serious health care reform.

Since then, Potter has become a one man force, testifying before two House committees and briefing several members of Congress and their staffs. He's spoken to over 100 public forums, and has been the subject of numerous articles in the U.S. and foreign media. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow on Health Care for the Center for Media and Democracy, an independent, non-partisan public interest organization and blogs for PRWatch.org and the Huffington Post. He is also the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.

Wendell has been featured on many news and editorial programs, including on PBS (The Bill Moyers Journal and The NewsHour), MSNBC (multiple appearances, including on Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, David Shuster, and The Ed Show), CNN (House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer), HBO (The Bill Maher Show), C-SPAN (Washington Journal) ABC (Good Morning America), CBS (The Evening News and The Morning Show), NBC, FOX, and the BBC, and on radio shows such as National Public Radio (Marketplace and All Things Considered) and the Diane Rehm Show . Wendell's analysis has been quoted in many daily periodicals, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Herald, the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, as well as by wire services, such as the Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg, and in journals, such as the Columbia Journalism Review, TIME, Newsweek, Business Week, PRWeek, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The Progressive, Mother Jones, and GQ, among others.

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Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

Speaking Topics
  • As a true industry insider and the one TIME magazine referred to as "the ideal whistleblower, " Wendell Potter offers a truly unique perspective on the issues health care, its uses (and misuses) of "spin", business ethics, and many other timely topics. C

    Potter is happy to tailor each talk for your needs, and the Q&A session is sure to generate conversation and action long after the presentation. His presentations include: **THE WAGES OF SPIN:** FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT? LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GREAT HEALTH CARE DEBATE **SHAREHOLDER VALUE AND CORPORATE VALUES:** SAME OR DIFFERENT? **THE ETHICAL CORPORATION:** THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING **THE HIDDEN PERSUADERS 2.0:** HOW CORPORATE SPIN UNDERMINES GOOD PUBLIC POLICY **THE NEW WORLD OF HEALTH CARE:** WHATS REALLY IN IT AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU **FEAR:** WHEN TO USE IT, WHEN TO LOSE IT-AND HOW TO DO IT **TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE COMMUNICATING:** PEOPLE, PLANET, PROFIT AND PR

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  • Wendell Potter

    Wendell Potter, a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, is also an author, public speaker and president of Wendell Potter Consulting. After a 25-year career in ...

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    Booking fees for Wendell Potter, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wendell Potter, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Wendell Potter?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wendell Potter for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wendell Potter for your next private or corporate function.
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Wendell Potter

Health Care Whistleblower Author, Deadly Spin

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Wendell Potter Biography

Wendell Potter's journey from health care spokesperson to whistleblower and health care reform advocate was not one he intended. With a long career in the industry, most notably as head of corporate communications and chief corporate spokesperson for CIGNA, Potter could no longer ignore what he saw.

His first step towards becoming a whistleblower came in July 2007, when he witnessed a touring free clinic at a fairgrounds in rural Virginia. What he saw appalled him. Hundreds of desperate people, most without any medical insurance, descended on the clinic from out of the hills. People stood in long lines to have the most basic medical procedures carried out free of charge. Some had driven more than 200 miles from Georgia. Many were treated in the open air or in animal stalls. Potter took pictures of patients lying on trolleys on rain-soaked pavements.

Potter resigned in 2008 and became an active voice on health care reform, as it became clear to him that the insurance industry and its allies were having a distorting effect on the national debate. According to Potter, financial goals were coming ahead of patient care, with every incentive to deny coverage in order to meet Wall Street's expectations. Stepping far out of his comfort zone, Potter made his public debut by testifying before the U.S. Senate in June 2009 about the practices of the insurance industry to undermine serious health care reform.

Since then, Potter has become a one man force, testifying before two House committees and briefing several members of Congress and their staffs. He's spoken to over 100 public forums, and has been the subject of numerous articles in the U.S. and foreign media. He currently serves as the Senior Fellow on Health Care for the Center for Media and Democracy, an independent, non-partisan public interest organization and blogs for PRWatch.org and the Huffington Post. He is also the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans.

Wendell has been featured on many news and editorial programs, including on PBS (The Bill Moyers Journal and The NewsHour), MSNBC (multiple appearances, including on Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, David Shuster, and The Ed Show), CNN (House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer), HBO (The Bill Maher Show), C-SPAN (Washington Journal) ABC (Good Morning America), CBS (The Evening News and The Morning Show), NBC, FOX, and the BBC, and on radio shows such as National Public Radio (Marketplace and All Things Considered) and the Diane Rehm Show . Wendell's analysis has been quoted in many daily periodicals, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, The Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Boston Herald, the Wall Street Journal, The Hill, as well as by wire services, such as the Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg, and in journals, such as the Columbia Journalism Review, TIME, Newsweek, Business Week, PRWeek, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The Progressive, Mother Jones, and GQ, among others.

Wendell Potter Videos

  • Everything You Want to Know About Obamacare p2 - YouTube
  • What you need to know about Obamacare part 2 - YouTube

Wendell Potter Books

Wendell Potter Speaking Topics

  • As a true industry insider and the one TIME magazine referred to as "the ideal whistleblower, " Wendell Potter offers a truly unique perspective on the issues health care, its uses (and misuses) of "spin", business ethics, and many other timely topics. C

    Potter is happy to tailor each talk for your needs, and the Q&A session is sure to generate conversation and action long after the presentation. His presentations include: **THE WAGES OF SPIN:** FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT? LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GREAT HEALTH CARE DEBATE **SHAREHOLDER VALUE AND CORPORATE VALUES:** SAME OR DIFFERENT? **THE ETHICAL CORPORATION:** THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING **THE HIDDEN PERSUADERS 2.0:** HOW CORPORATE SPIN UNDERMINES GOOD PUBLIC POLICY **THE NEW WORLD OF HEALTH CARE:** WHATS REALLY IN IT AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU **FEAR:** WHEN TO USE IT, WHEN TO LOSE IT-AND HOW TO DO IT **TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE COMMUNICATING:** PEOPLE, PLANET, PROFIT AND PR

FAQs on booking Wendell Potter

  • How to book Wendell Potter?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Wendell Potter for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Wendell Potter, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Wendell Potter or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Wendell Potter?

    Booking fees for Wendell Potter, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Wendell Potter, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Wendell Potter?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Wendell Potter for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wendell Potter for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Wendell Potter or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Wendell Potter or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Wendell Potter is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Wendell Potter for your event is available upon request. Wendell Potter generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Ryan Blair, Steve Martin, Dr. William Li, Jackson Galaxy and Willie Geist. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wendell Potter for an upcoming event.

Wendell Potter Speaker Videos

  • Everything You Want to Know About Obamacare p2 - YouTube
    What you need to know about Obamacare part 2 - YouTube

Wendell Potter Speaking Topics

  • As a true industry insider and the one TIME magazine referred to as "the ideal whistleblower, " Wendell Potter offers a truly unique perspective on the issues health care, its uses (and misuses) of "spin", business ethics, and many other timely topics. C

    Potter is happy to tailor each talk for your needs, and the Q&A session is sure to generate conversation and action long after the presentation. His presentations include: **THE WAGES OF SPIN:** FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION WHAT WAS THAT ALL ABOUT? LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE GREAT HEALTH CARE DEBATE **SHAREHOLDER VALUE AND CORPORATE VALUES:** SAME OR DIFFERENT? **THE ETHICAL CORPORATION:** THE BUSINESS CASE FOR DOING THE RIGHT THING **THE HIDDEN PERSUADERS 2.0:** HOW CORPORATE SPIN UNDERMINES GOOD PUBLIC POLICY **THE NEW WORLD OF HEALTH CARE:** WHATS REALLY IN IT AND HOW IT AFFECTS YOU **FEAR:** WHEN TO USE IT, WHEN TO LOSE IT-AND HOW TO DO IT **TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE COMMUNICATING:** PEOPLE, PLANET, PROFIT AND PR

Wendell Potter News

  • Wendell Potter

    Wendell Potter, a contributing writer to the Huffington Post, is also an author, public speaker and president of Wendell Potter Consulting. After a 25-year career in ...

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