By Paul Jay
PAUL JAY Welcome back to Reality Asserts Itself on The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay. And we’re continuing our discussion with Wendell Potter, who was an insurance executive, private insurance executive, and became a whistleblower on the private insurance industry. Thanks for joining us.
WENDELL POTTER Thank you, Paul.
PAUL JAY So we’re going to talk a little bit how you got to be a whistleblower. Tell us a little bit about growing up. What were the kind of–what was the political culture of your household? Did you believe in the American dream, and the mythology of, sort of, the flag, and patriotism? What was the culture and politics in your house?
WENDELL POTTER Well, it was that; I grew up in one of the most Republican parts of the country, historically Republican. East Tennessee. Which is–I don’t think my congressional district has ever been represented by a Democrat, the First Congressional District of Tennessee. We were raised poor. My parents didn’t have a lot of money. Neither of them was able to go to college. My dad was a farmer, initially, and they operated a little country store. And that wasn’t doing too well. They were losing money.
So dad took…