Hi, I’m Wendell
For starters, thanks for checking out Wendell Potter NOW. I was a health insurance insider for 20 years. I quit after a crisis of conscience and started spilling my guts about what I used to do for a living and how health insurers really operate. So far, though, I’ve yanked the curtains back just part way. On Wendell Potter NOW, I will take this truth-telling to a new level. I’ll take you into the rooms where life-and-death decisions are made, where propaganda campaigns are planned and carried out, and where executives entertain themselves on your dime. I’m going to piss a lot more people off, but from now on: no sacred cows, no minced words, no pulled punches, no fear of retaliation. And for anyone curious about what went on in my life to send me over the brink, I’ll write about that, too.
Most of my stuff will be free, for a while anyway, but subscribers will be able to join me during monthly Ask Me Anything sessions and Zoom interviews with interesting folks. This will be a newsletter like no other. You won’t want to miss a thing, so subscribe before you do anything else.
I’ve been called the health insurance industry’s worst nightmare. Time magazine called me the ideal whistleblower. Bill Moyers called me a straight shooter. Jay Rockefeller said I outdid Russell Crowe’s character in The Insider when I testified before his Senate committee. Michael Moore called me the Daniel Ellsberg of corporate America.
I came out of the hills of East Tennessee and went on to become a newspaper reporter, Congressional correspondent, press secretary, world’s fair lobbyist and country recruiter, spokesman for a chain of banks shut down by the feds, partner in a PR firm, insurance industry flack, and corporate turncoat.
More recently I’ve been a New York Times bestselling author, health care and campaign finance reform advocate, and authority tackling corporate and special interest propaganda. I lead two health care reform advocacy nonprofits: the Center for Health and Democracy and Business Leaders for Health Care Transformation, and is the founder of Tarbell.org, a nonprofit journalism organization that investigates corporate and political corruption.
I have testified many times before Congress, and have been on TV a lot (Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper have interviewed me, and I once sat on the Fox & Friends couch). I’ve also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, Newsweek, The Nation, the American Journal of Public Health, the British Medical Journal and a bunch of other publications.
My books include Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out On How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care And Deceiving Americans; Obamacare: What’s In It For Me--What Everyone Needs To Know About The Affordable Care Act; and Nation On The Take, How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It (all published by Bloomsbury). My latest book, For Want of a Dentist: The Rise of the Dental Therapy Movement in Tribal Nations and the U.S., will be published by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2021.
Follow me on Twitter @wendellpotter