January 18, 2022

EP. 140 — Death to Medical Debt! with Allison Sesso

Our abusive, for-profit healthcare system has left Americans swimming in harmful medical debt. On this week’s episode, Adam meets someone who’s doing something about it: Allison Sesso, executive director of RIP Medical Debt, a non-profit which uses donations to buy and abolish medical debt for good. Check them out at ripmedicaldebt.org


Speaker 1 [00:00:00] Hello, and welcome to Factually. I’m Adam Conover. Thank you for joining me once again on the show. It’s a pleasure to have you here. Let’s talk about one of the weirdest things about America. I’m talking about how we pay for health care. On an almost mathematical level, it is stupid nonsense and we are doing it the wrong way. Let’s break it down. Health problems can afflict anyone at any time, and in fact, eventually will hit you. Human plus time equals you got to go to the hospital eventually. You can get cancer. You can get hit by a bus. One of your organs could just up and fail with no notice. You got no control over any of it, and it’ll happen to you at some point. When it does, you need very expensive treatments, all of a sudden, that you might not be able to pay for at that particular moment. So what do we do about this? Well, in many countries, everyone in the country pools their money together through a system called ta

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