40 thoughts on “Seattle TV Station Pays Off Medical Debts for 1,000 people

  1. slapstick223 February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Wow $12,000 forgives $1 million dollars worth of medical debt?

    Yet if I try to settle my medical debts I can get a 5% discount if paid in full. FML

  2. lddiamond February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    1.2 cents on the dollar for the debt.

    That’s insane.

    But also shows the profit margins debt collectors work with as they usually settle at 30-50% of the debt.

    And both still kill your credit rating.

  3. jtruther February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Can you buy your own medical debt at a discount?

  4. ggdisney February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    We just moved from the USA to Canada. People absolutely think I’m lying when I tell them we had to pay out of pocket for our daughter’s hearing aids. Get this, they were considered “cosmetic”. And we had amazing Health Care by US Standards, my husband was an active-duty Soldier and I work for a hospital. Apparently the only insurance that covers (is made to cover) hearing aids is the railroad Association??

  5. blazeddoughnuts February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    This is the same thing John Oliver did, still awesome though.

  6. MoonBeamPisces February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Reading this shit makes me want to cry.. I’m from NZ and could never imagine being stressed out by having to pay thousands in terms of medical care or worrying about insurance?! In January my son had severe tummy pain, he ended up having surgery the day adter he was admitted and we stayed in hospital for almost 2 weeks. I didn’t have to pay a cent, in fact they reimbursed me my travel expenses getting to and from the hospital and paid for my parking. Now if you like, you can pay for medical insurance here, and that ensures you a place in a private hospital if anything were to go wrong and you’d go straight to the top of the list, but basically if you are less fortunate, you can still go to the hospital without a worry. Sorry, just feeling for ya guys x

  7. supershutze February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    The fact that ‘Medical Debt’ is even a thing is nothing short of barbaric.

  8. jimlahey420 February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I imagine people from counties where the health of its citizens wasn’t politicized and profited on being so confused watching something like that.

  9. blachat February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Jesse Jones has been a damn saint in Seattle for years. This dude gets people acquitted of wrong convictions and uncovers corporate and consumer fraud on a weekly basis. Settling medical debts is something he does in his free time.

  10. MonkeyOnYourMomsBack February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Every time I hear about a group of people or a company coming to do this I just sit for a second and think “… why the hell aren’t we just paying taxes to do this off the bat..?”

  11. travyhaagyCO February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Our medical insurance system is a goddamn disgrace. Vote for ANYONE who runs on universal healthcare this fall.

  12. elkevelvet February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    this is sort of uplifting news but also depressing.. winning the lottery is uplifting news for a tiny circle of people too.

  13. KBARwc February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    How much unpaid medical debt is there in the US and what would it cost to buy it and depete it? If $12,000 buys 1 million I wonder how much it would really cost to just delete it all.

  14. PM_ME_THEM_CURVES February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Oliver did it First and the cycle continues. it’s amazing.

  15. kaizervonmaanen February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    >Medical debt

    It’s like ending up with a bill for being raised by parents. It’s completely necessary to have any quality of life or any life at all. It’s ridiculous that people have to pay to use it.

  16. LuPINYA February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    John Oliver did this. 52million worth lol

  17. avgeekCT February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    “Medical debts” shouldn’t be a thing

  18. Po1sonator February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    See attle help their ratings.

  19. pillpoppinprincess February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Thats gotta be such a blessing medical bills are so ridiculouly high i had a bacterial ear infection that my ear was bleeding and paid 1300.00 for

  20. Polskinator February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Jesse Jones was always my favorite to look out for on the news. He occasionally would “bust” scam operations or stores or individuals who were practicing some form of buyer manipulation whether it was used car salesmen or mattress shops (the mattress shop was about five doors down from where I lived, so that was interesting to watch a handful of years ago). And he always says his name “Jesse Jones” with such umph.

  21. fivetengenius February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I have a “good” job. Machinist. Nothing fancy but work hard. And to cover myself and wife. It was $150 a week for medical dental and vision. That’s 25% of my salary. Not counting doc visits $35. specialist $60 a visit. And the deductible. And that doesn’t cover my son. I have other insurance for him. Around 40-45% of my income went to medical last year. Pre-tax.

  22. n7-Jutsu February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Good Job Seattle TV Station.

  23. hurricane1091 February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Canadian middle class pay more in taxes. I’d be okay with paying more and not having to pay for insurance at work or hit a $1300 deductible, but I don’t know how you do it anyway. I had a bunion surgery this year and it cost $30,000. I think the “plan price” was around $23,000, and I paid the deductible. Why did this all cost so much in the first place? I was there for a few hours. Healthcare costs are through the roof. I know we don’t want the government paying those prices for us or we’ll go even deeper in debt, but something has to happen eventually

  24. donkeyrider88 February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Well Reddit, we need to figure out a way to do this with both medical and student debt using an ICO. There is a way to do this, but I am not smart enough to be the one who does it.

  25. voompanatos February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    We need single-payer healthcare now.

  26. briskyfresh February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Wait, so can I buy my own debt and forgive myself?

  27. tomdarch February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Huh. Seems like you could start a business where you notify individuals that their debt is for sale, and what the realistic minimum is to buy it out plus, say, 20% for overhead and profit. They pay your company, your company buys the debts and forgives them. Bang, zoom, the debtor wins, and you make some money off of it.

  28. Fortunatious February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I like that the debt collection company is called RIP medical debt. There’s just something morbidly appropriate about that

  29. FadingEcho February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Let’s give it up for voluntarism!

  30. maca77aq February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I wish they would do this for student loans.

  31. hummahumma February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Capitalism + charity > government healthcare? Wait, am I missing the point?

  32. s1rjack16 February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    I fucking love Jesse Jones

  33. sirdomino February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    Even though we pay nearly 35% of our income on health insurance we don’t qualify for subsidies because my wife’s employer offers a “cheap” Individual plan (Less than 9.5% of income) but there are no rules on how much a “family” plan can cost. If she didn’t have that we would qualify for a subsidy… 🙁

    I wish the United States would pursue some sort of Universal Health Coverage. This year my wife and I spent $19,000+ on health insurance and medical bills which is over 35% of our income. Next year it’ll be much higher with her having cancer, etc.

    My wife just had surgery and one of the doctors turned out to be out-of-network after the told us they were in-network. So we got a surprise $4k bill. American healthcare is pure surprise and robbery even if you do your best to prevent it as the prices are unknown.

    If you want to see a typical “Excellent” relatively cheap American FAMILY healthcare plan, take a look at this.


    Basically $982.51/month for a family to be paid by the employee, and $946.93 to be paid by the employer. For a grand total of $1929.44/month for the “BASE” plan. This has a $2,500 deductible and a $5,000 max out of pocket!

    If you want the upgraded plan it is only $1,213.08/month for the employee, and $946.93 for the employer for a grand total of $2,160.01/month. This only has a $3,000 Deductible/Max out of pocket!

    So not counting the employer contributions, below is what it would cost a typical employee within a 12 month period if they were maximize their benefits.

    So the base plan is only $11,790.12/per year + $5,000 Max out of pocket for a grand total of $16,790.12 for all IN-NETWORK services!!! If you have to go OUT-OF-NETWORK then it is only another $10,000, so worse case scenario you are ONLY out $26,790.12 for the year.

    If you want the upgraded premium plan it is only $14,556.96/per year + $3,000 Max out of pocket for a grand total of $17,556.96/per year for all IN-NETWORK services! If you have to go out of network then it is another $12,000 so that brings the worse case scenario to $29,556.96 for the year.

    Typical American Healthcare Insurance! And this is only for things that are covered by health insurance and approved by the insurer. If it is not billed correct or covered then you are on the hook for 100% of those charges.

    So you can see how someone with insurance, even good insurance, can be in deep financial distress just from paying the premiums, let alone using the insurance.

  34. chrmanyaki February 13, 2018 / 10:03 pm

    How is this uplifting this is horrifying

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