Explanation of Benefits by Heckno Techno
What if this podcast were a musical? Well, this is what it would sound like.
It would sound a LOT like Explanation of Benefits, which is a musical revue that actually played in New York City in 2019. The show was created and performed by a young NYC troupe called Heck No Techno.
Explanation of Benefits is musical revue about the sad history of U.S. health care, filled with smart, funny songs.
For example it features a parody of “Bills, Bills, Bills” — the 1999 Destiny’s Child hit —rewritten for the age of GoFundMe.
Our episode isn’t sung all the way through — it’s more like the PBS documentary on Hamilton than an actual musical of its own. But that is still. Pretty. Darn. Cool.
AND: In keeping with our theme this season of self-defense against the cost of health care, Explanation of Benefits wraps with a set of short vignettes demonstrating ways patients can work to protect themselves from excessive charges.
So we have included here an email-by-email breakdown of songwriter Emily Lowinger’s successful battle to fight off a surprise medical bill.
… and we’ve set it off with music — timing and cues lovingly adjusted by our audio wizard, Adam — and it is a TREAT.
Songs from the show are up on Spotify.
… and speaking of treats and fun experiences, I recently spent a weekend afternoon, supervised by our cat, sending thank-you cards to folks who support this show financially. I’d love it if you became one.
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