In February 2019, a study named Medical Bankruptcy: Still Common Despite the Affordable Care Act was published online on the American Journal of Public Health. The study’s conclusions looked more than grim: according to the article, more than half a million bankruptcies filed annually are because of debt accrued because of a medical illness. The authors of the study found that even the Affordable Care Act (usually referred to as Obamacare) wasn’t able to change the atrocious proportion of bankruptcies caused by medical debts. Poor health insurance was named as one of the main reasons behind it. So why are the US politicians so afraid of changing the status quo that’s hurting millions of Americans? The answer is simple and is always the same: money.

Wendell Potter – a former VP of an insurance company CIGNA – has dubbed himself a “whistleblower and reformed insurance propagandist.” In a now-viral Twitter thread, Wendell has come clean about the dirty games the insurance company he worked for was playing. “Lately I’ve noticed some Democratic politicians defending the current healthcare system by saying it preserves “choice” for Americans,” he starts the thread. “As a former health insurance exec who helped draft this talking point, I need to come clean on its back story, and why it’s wrong and a trap.” Scroll down below to read all of it and don’t forget to tell us what you think in the comment section down below.

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This man is a former vice president of an insurance company called Cigna

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CIGNA is one of the best-known health insurance companies in the United States. It boasts about having a large network of physicians and hospitals all around the country. The company even hired A-list celebrities like Queen Latifah and Nick Jonas to feature in their latest marketing campaign. Wendell Potter resigned from his vice president position in CIGNA in 2008.

Wendell decided to come clean about the dirty games that insurance companies are playing

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