Date: December 31, 2019
“We need healthcare reform NOW! Cenk Uygur, Brooke Thomas, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down.
When Danielle Robinson got a letter in the mail from Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in October, she braced herself.
She’d missed a court-ordered payment to the hospital after she was laid off from her job in September.
In 2018, the massive nonprofit health care system sued her for just over $11,500 in unpaid hospital bills, plus $3,800 in attorney’s fees. In April, a Shelby County General Sessions Court judge ordered her to pay $150 per month toward the debt.
If she was lucky, the envelope contained only a warning. If she wasn’t, it was another attempt to garnish her paycheck, even though she wasn’t even getting one.
Nervously, she opened the letter. “As of August 1, 2019,” it said, “your total amount due is $0 for docket ROBINSON, and we have notified the court that this account has been paid in full.”
“I had to read it a couple of times just to make sure,” Robinson said. “I couldn’t believe it. I went crying around the house.