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An Arm and a Leg
An Arm and a Leg
An Arm and a Leg

A show about why health care costs so freaking much, and what we can (maybe) do about it. Hosted by award-winning reporter... more

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Episodes

How to avoid the crappiest health insurance.

We kick off with a wild ride: How one journalist almost got roped into a scam.While hunting for a new... more

24 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
The Insurance Warrior takes on a $61B Company

When Mattew Lientz needed surgery to save his life, his insurance wouldn’t cover it. Enter: Laurie Todd, the Insurance Warrior.... more

11 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
Meet the Insurance Warrior

In 2005, Laurie Todd needed surgery to save her life. Her insurance company had no intention of paying for it.... more

01 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
We spend 12 million hours a week on the phone with health insurance

Yup. A Stanford professor measured it. So… we should probably learn how they actually make money, understand their incentives. Here’s... more

14 Oct 2021 · 19 minutes
Wait, that was legal until now?!?

Hospitals in Maryland were suing patients over bills that should’ve been forgiven.It wasn’t illegal. Until now. How a coalition changed... more

30 Sep 2021 · 26 minutes
"We just kept right on pushing"

Manny Lanza died because he didn't have insurance. His parents fought back, with help from New York’s favorite tabloid. After... more

16 Sep 2021 · 25 minutes
The wild backstory of a tiny but crucial Obamacare provision (ft. David Axelrod)

How one Republican senator made sure the ACA required non-profit hospitals to act more like charities—and less like loan sharks—before... more

02 Sep 2021 · 26 minutes
A legendary lawyer sued hospitals for price-gouging their patients. And got his butt handed to him.

The lawyer was Richard “Dickie” Scruggs, the lawyer who beat Big Tobacco in the 1990s. Later, he launched a series... more

19 Aug 2021 · 23 minutes
We’re back! Starting Aug 19. And we’ve got some doozies for you.

We’ve been on a hiatus for a minute, and we are SO excited about what we’re coming back with.These are... more

05 Aug 2021 · 2 minutes
Badass volunteers help Jared level up, in the fight to crush medical debt

An update on Jared Walker, whose viral TikTok described a little-known (and effective) method to “crush” many hospital bills, and... more

15 Jul 2021 · 10 minutes
An Arm and a Leg
How to avoid the crappiest health insurance.
An Arm and a Leg