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Wendell Potter

From left, Patrick Ishmael, Dr. Ed Weisbart and Wendell Potter joined "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss the future of U.S. health care and its implications for the region.
Show-Me Institute & St. Louis Public Radio

Until a few years ago, Wendell Potter frequently crafted arguments against the idea of the U.S. government becoming more involved in health care.

“I wrote a number of speeches for my CEO and delivered some myself that the government should get out of the way and let the free market work its magic in health care,” the former Cigna executive said on Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air. “I came to realize the free market doesn’t work in health care like it does in other sectors of the economy … and that’s one of the reasons why we saw so many people who were uninsured and now a growing number of people who are underinsured.”

Potter discussed the status of advocacy efforts toward universal health care as well as the opposition at regional and national levels. Patrick Ishmael, director of government accountability for the Show-Me Institute, and Dr. Ed Weisbart, chair of the Missouri chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, also participated in the conversation.