https://armandalegshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Screen-Shot-2019-12-04-at-11.09.23-AM.png485610Devorah Heitnerhttps://armandalegshow.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/An-Arm-And-A-Leg_Logo.pngDevorah Heitner2019-09-04 11:11:492019-12-04 11:20:36“An Arm and a Leg” Reveals the True Cost of Healthcare – Wil Williams
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Just your typical, heartwarming story of healthcare in America: guy gets new insurance, then finds out his new copay on a prescription is $700 at his local drugstore—but somehow it’s only $25 at a supermarket down the street. The guy is Dan Weissmann, a journalist who happens to be hosting a podcast about the “unhealthy” costs of healthcare, so he’s going to spend hours and hours of his own precious time researching the question of why drug prices vary so much, so you don’t have to. And the answer is just as tangled and weirdly fascinating as you might expect, involving a web of backroom deals, bad-faith negotiations, and a hidden, growing monopoly of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (or PBMs) that have a vice grip on prescription drug prices in the United States. Weissmann uses classic film metaphors and revealing interviews to deftly explain the history behind how things got so bad—the implications of which will have you chugging your vitamins for days (an ounce of prevention, right?). [Amber Cortes]
Selection from the Discover Pods review by Wil Williams
“Weissmann’s editing and production are key in An Arm and a Leg. Each episode sounds crisp, and they’re kept to a tight story usually under twenty minutes. It’s enough to get the point across efficiently, weaving interview recordings in with Weissmann’s narration, without overstaying its welcome. Keeping the episodes short makes sure the relaxed tone can be maintained without being forced, while also ensuring each story is whittled down to its most essential parts.
An Arm and a Leg is one of 2018’s most interesting new nonfiction podcasts, breaking apart how the healthcare system works while also sharing people’s stories of their own struggles with healthcare. Its comforting style and approach to stories is indicative of one of the podcast’s mission statements: “We may be screwed, but we’re together. And if we want to get even a little bit less-screwed, we need each other. If nothing else, we can be good company to each other.”
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An Arm and a Leg
A show about the cost of health care that’s more entertaining, empowering, and occasionally useful than enraging, and terrifying and depressing.