Former Insurance Company Executive and Noted Whistleblower Wendell Potter Discusses His New Book Deadly Spin

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For Immediate Release:
December 28, 2011
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Former Insurance Company Executive and Noted Whistleblower Wendell Potter Discusses His New Book Deadly Spin

Former insurance company executive and whistleblower Wendell Potter discusses his new book Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Potter, a former VP of CIGNA argues that health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns to mislead the press and public.

In Deadly Spin, Potter takes readers behind the scenes to show how a huge chunk of health care spending bankrolls a propaganda campaign focused on protecting one thing: profits.

Potter left his job with CIGNA in 2008 after visiting a clinic near his hometown in Tennessee where he witnessed droves of citizens lined up to seek health care. After discovering they had exhausted all avenues of securing health care coverage, he realized the consequences of health care as a profit-driven industry. The awakening reminded him of the difference between marketing and journalism, the field in which he was trained.

Since leaving CIGNA, Potter has become an active voice in the debate over health care reform. In 2009, he testified against the health insurance industry in the United States Senate. Potter has appeared on several television news programs on PBS and MSNBC, among others.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

The event is co-sponsored by Missouri Health Advocacy Alliance, Center for Practical Bioethics, Health Care for All, Job With Justice, Kansas Health Consumer Coalition, Communities Creating Opportunity, Loretto - Kansas City, and Disability Coalition for Health Care Reform.