How John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' Is Using Stunts To Tell Stories

June 6, 2016 4:00 PM

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It's strange to describe the apparent purchase and forgiveness of nearly $15 million in medical debt as "impish," but bear with me.

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver spent 20 minutes explaining the debt-buying industry — companies that buy debt at pennies on the dollar and then either resell it even cheaper or try to collect it, sometimes using methods they'd probably be proud to call merciless, like calling a debt...

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