On a sunny morning — the second Friday in June — the first defendant at court is a young woman, Daisha Smith, 24, who arrives early; she has just come off working an overnight shift at a group home for the elderly. She is here because the local hospital sued her for an unpaid medical bill — a bill she didn’t know she owed until her wages started disappearing out of her paycheck.
The hospital, Mary Washington, sues so many patients that thecourt reserves a morning every month for its cases.
Medicynical Note: and they likely sue for the entire amount, not the discounted rates offered insurers. They make more money that was. Yes it’s American Exceptionalism……again.