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Offshoot OWS Pays Medical Debt: Rolling Jubilee
Posted - 3/15/2013 12:56:05 PM | show profile | flag this post
This is an interesting take on how to liberate U.S. citizens from debt. The organization solicits donations and then pays off outstanding medical bills.
The Rolling Jubilee team has some big news!
We are very happy to announce that we have completed our second purchase of medical debt. This time, we bought and abolished over $1 million in debt from emergency rooms in Kentucky and Indiana. The average debtor owed around $900 and we will be abolishing the debt of over 1,000 people! We are sending the letters to the debtors as we type this. We are very concerned with the privacy of debtors, but if any of them come forward and want to share their stories, we will make them public
They are working with an org called Strike Debt.
Posted - 3/17/2013 4:46:36 PM | show profile | flag this post
The only real medical debt...
Is the one that millions of Americans are being subjected to because Repubs won't join the 21st century and embrace universal health care. Europe pays half as much as we do for medical care, insures everyone and has a longer life expectancy. The only difference is that we are instead using the money to buy health insurance execs their vacation homes in the Hamptons. How anyone can argue against a single payer system is beyond reason.
Posted - 3/17/2013 7:17:37 PM | show profile | flag this post
but charity isn't a solution.
Posted - 3/17/2013 11:31:07 PM | show profile | flag this post
no, cdn.. in and of itself, charity is no answer..
but.. as a part of the overall picture, don't ever count it out..
every penny helps somewhere..
Posted - 3/18/2013 1:09:10 PM | show profile | flag this post
Charity isn't a solution, but it's nice to see an organization associated with OWS actually DOING something to make some change.
I'm sure every one of those who owed were beyond joyful hearing that the debt had been cleared.
I was poking around the sites, and these are professional people running this. They have done their homework and they even offer a credit/debt manual (can't remember the title offhand) that explains the different types debt, credit scores, how they impact money management, how to deal with debt agencies, fix your credit, etc. It's pretty thorough.
Glad to see positive, effective action, not just protesters in a park. Could you imagine if most U.S. citizens suddenly became debt-free?
Posted - 3/18/2013 2:41:13 PM | show profile | flag this post
Occupy Sandy is a major offshoot of OWS and has done a lot
to help people here recover from this devastating storm.