The Business of Health

Wendell Potter commentary

Former CIGNA executive-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter is writing about the health care industry and the ongoing battle for health reform. His columns are published every Monday.

Potter is the author of Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans and Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know About the Affordable Care Act.

Wendell Potter commentary

Published — October 26, 2015 Updated — October 28, 2015 at 3:34 pm ET

How to reduce the absurd amount of money Americans spend on health care? One community at a time

Commentary: thinking big with Esther Dyson

Wendell Potter commentary

Published — September 28, 2015 Updated — October 21, 2015 at 5:22 pm ET

Presidential candidates in fantasy land over health care

Commentary: candidates say this and that about health care, but it’s the insurers and pharmaceutical companies that call the tune

Wendell Potter commentary

Published — September 21, 2015 Updated — September 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm ET

Insurers using lobbying muscle, campaign cash to push mergers

Commentary: firms pulling Washington’s power levers on Capitol Hill

Wendell Potter commentary

Published — August 31, 2015

Insurers say private Medicare plans are better, but we really don’t know

Commentary: firms hold tight to data, so comparing their programs with traditional Medicare not possible

Wendell Potter commentary

Published — August 24, 2015

Merger of health insurers usually leads to big payday for executives

Policyholders end up paying more, according to studies

Wendell Potter commentary

Published — August 17, 2015

Health insurers working the system to pad their profits

Commentary: taking advantage of Medicare Advantage

Wendell Potter commentary

Published — August 10, 2015

Candidates without a clue

Commentary: GOP contenders hate Obamacare but don’t have an alternative and know nothing about health insurance

Wendell Potter commentary

Published — August 3, 2015

Privatizing Medicare would create more problems than it solves

Commentary: elderly health program was created 50 years ago for a reason