An Arm and a Leg

An Arm and a Leg


Latest Episodes

Is it ever appropriate to fudge a little? (Season One, episode 8)
December 19, 2018

Bari Tessler is a little famous as a “financial therapist,” but even she gets rattled by the price of health care. Also: What my family is doing for health insurance next year. This is our Season One finale.

Why are ER bills so crazy? With Sarah Kliff of Vox.com. (Season One, episode 7)
December 12, 2018

Emergency rooms often bill you a “cover charge” just for walking in the door, and it can be thousands of dollars. That’s in addition to the huge markup on everything that happens there: seven bucks for a band-aid. Twenty dollars for a couple of pills.

Why Health Insurance Actually Sucks (Season One, episode 6)
December 05, 2018

Turns out, insurance companies allow — even encourage — crazy price-gouging by hospitals. For example, the leg brace Blake needed was available for $150 on Amazon. But thanks to his insurance, he paid more than $500.

So, Robin Hood’s got an approach to medical bills. (Season One, episode 5)
November 27, 2018

The health-care system — especially the financial side — can feel like a Medieval torture device. So maybe it fits that workers from Renaissance fairs have come up with a work-around. In this episode I meet Robin Hood and a woman who has made more than...

Why you (and I) will likely pick the wrong health-insurance plan (Season One, episode 4)
November 21, 2018

Because as smart economists recently proved) it is super-confusing, and most of us can’t do the math. But! We found glimmers of hope. So don’t be scared. We’d like to hear how you’re choosing your health insurance for 2019 — or are you going to do with...

3. How one drug got its $500,000 price tag. (With 99 Percent Invisible– Season One, episode 3)
November 14, 2018

The answer involves a suburban housewife, a 1970s TV star, and a Las Vegas maker of popcorn and nacho cheese sauce. Also: Wall Street. Produced with our friends at 99 Percent Invisible. Many thanks to Abbey Meyers, Joshua Schein, and Nora Guthrie.

All the Marbles: One woman’s epic quest for health insurance (Season One, episode 2)
November 14, 2018

Laura Derrick takes a drug that costs more than $500,000 a year. So when her family was going to lose their insurance, she made crazy sacrifices… and changed the course of history. Find Us Online Website: http://armandalegshow.

This is Water, and it sucks. Let’s talk. (Season One, episode 1)
November 14, 2018

When I first started talking about doing a show about the cost of health care… everybody had a story. Including me. It’s like that famous speech by the writer David Foster Wallace called This is Water. It starts with a joke about two young fish swimmin...

A podcast about the cost of health care, coming November 2018
October 11, 2018

The spiraling cost of medical care shapes people’s lives: The jobs we’re afraid to leave because of insurance, the risk that a trip to the doc could end in bankruptcy. It’s not healthy. This is my story too, and that’s why I’m making this podcast.