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Skyrocketing Health Insurer CEOs' Paychecks Are "Crazy," Says Executive Comp Expert

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Wendell Potter

Almost all of the publicly traded health insurers reported big increases in revenue and profits last year. The big winners have been the top executives of those companies, led by Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, the nation's third largest health insurer.

Should Health Insurers Have to Tell the Truth About Their Political Spending?

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Both the AAN and Chamber have spent millions on ads calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While Aetna stands to gain financially from the law, it and other insurers have been critical of the potentially profit-threatening consumer protections and regulations in it.

Rate Shock: The Scare That Wouldn't Stick

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.03.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Politicians and the media were all too willing to repeat what CEOs of big for-profit insurance corporations were saying without analyzing their motives or taking into account the fact that the marketplaces will force real competition in the health insurance world.

Jeffrey Young

Insurance CEO Touts Wellness Programs As Cost-Savers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.06.2013 | Business

Company wellness programs for employees that include complementary medicine features like yoga can benefit bottom lines, according to Mark Bertolini, ...

It's CEO Pay Shock, Not Premium Rate Shock, That We Should Be Outraged About

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.15.2013 | Business
Wendell Potter

If Aetna does, in fact, hike premiums by more than 100 percent for some of its customers, as CEO Mark Bertolini suggested, no doubt part of that money will go to covering his shockingly lucrative paycheck.

WATCH: Arianna Interviews CEO On Benefits Of De-Stressing

Huff TV | Posted 05.19.2013 | Business
Huff TV

Guest-hosting CNBC's 'Squawk Box' on Tuesday morning, Arianna interviewed Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini about "his mission - to bring the mindfulness benef...

'Rate Shock' Will Be at Heart of New Scare Campaign Against Obamacare

Wendell Potter | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

One of the most ill-advised promises President Obama made during the health care reform debate was this: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan." He should have known better.

CEO Threatens Layoffs If There's No Budget Deal

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.15.2012 | Business

The CEO of the country's third-largest health insurer is threatening layoffs if the government doesn't reach a deficit reduction deal in the coming we...

It Took Public Shaming Via Twitter to Get Big Insurer to Cover Grad Student's Cancer Care

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Last week, Aetna's CEO got a real-world understanding of how inadequate some of the company's policies are. And thanks to Twitter, the rest of us got a better understanding of how insurers are able to profit so handsomely from the inadequate policies they sell.

Coming Soon: The End of Health Insurers As We Know Them -- By Self-Inflicted Wounds

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Now you know why more than 50 million of us are uninsured. It is not because most of those people are being irresponsible. Most of them either can't afford to buy coverage or can't buy it at any price.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

As the health care battle intensifies, insurance giant Aetna says it plans to raise its rates in 2010 and, as a result, expects to lose over 600,000 customers...while boosting profits. It's addition by subtraction, health care style. Aetna President Mark Bertolini justified the move as "ensuring that each customer is priced to an appropriate margin." You can feel the humanity in every syllable. Aetna's third quarter earnings were up 26 percent year over year. But that's not enough for Bertolini. The company did, however, make enough to spend more than $2 million on lobbying this year. Coincidentally, Aetna is headquartered in Connecticut, home of Joe Lieberman, who, during his Senate career, has received over $2.4 million from the health care sector -- and who remains steadfastly opposed to a public option. Feel free to connect the dots of a broken system.