How did 20 minutes change the world?
When Last Week Tonight with John Oliver produced a satiric report about abuses in the debt buying industry in 2016, they wanted to show how easily anyone can buy debt and collect it. The show bought $60,000 worth of overdue medical debt worth almost $15 million. Once they had the debt, what could they ethically do with it? In seeking a solution, they were referred to RIP Medical Debt. The resulting 20-minute segment put the startup charity on the map. As a result of the public support beguin by the John Oliver show, by the end of 2019, RIP will have forgiven $1 Billion in medical debt across the USA.