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Patient Medical Debt Advocate Blogger and Author
Jerry Ashton is a forty-year veteran in credit and collections industry and an acknowledged gadfly in that industry. He has been chronicling the Occupy Wall Street movement almost since its inception and has become an “unintended activist” through that experience.
Determined to create an activist and “survivors manual” for victims of the Great Recession, he eventually settled on blogging (and, what better place?) and then choosing to act on one of Occupy's major complaints: medical debt.
Out of this has come a nonprofit called RIP Medical Debt, inspired by Occupy's Rolling Jubilee which raised enough money to buy - and then abolish - $25M in personal medical debt. RIP has set a more ambitious goal - to do the same thing, but for $1,000,000000 (yes, BILLION) in medical debt.
Coming out this summer will be a view that only a former collection agency professional can offer about the medical system today and the debt into which it puts its patients: "The Patient, The Doctor, and the Bill Collector. An Obamacare and medical collections survival guide."