John Oliver Buys And Forgives $15 Million In Debt

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, John Oliver performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event in New York. The host of HBO's "Last Week With John Oliver" illustrated a story about an industry that purchases the records of people delinquent in bills and attempts to collect. He acquired $15 million worth of unpaid medical bills for only $60,000, and immediately forgave the debts. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, John Oliver performs at the 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes event in New York. The host of HBO's "Last Week With John Oliver" illustrated a story about an industry that purchases the records of people delinquent in bills and attempts to collect. He acquired $15 million worth of unpaid medical bills for only $60,000, and immediately forgave the debts. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — Some 9,000 people who can't — or won't — pay delinquent medical bills are singing John Oliver's praises.

The HBO host illustrated a story about practices in a little known industry that purchases the records of people delinquent in bills and attempts to collect them by acquiring $15 million worth of unpaid medical bills. He got them for only $60,000, and immediately forgave the debts.

On his HBO show on Sunday night, Oliver claimed it was television's biggest giveaway since an Oprah Winfrey episode where the talk-show host gave cars to her television audience.

Oliver's show, "Last Week Tonight," engages in a form of investigative comedy, and showed the abuses of some of these companies who try to collect on debts.

Jun. 6, 2016 2:33 PM EDT AP
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http://www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver

 
 

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