Helping regular people navigate the health care industry is a ministry (and a podcast)


Choosing your health insurance, going to the doctor, paying unexpected medical bills: these are facts of life that no one would describe as fun. But on his podcast “An Arm and a Leg,” Dan Weissmann explores the U.S. health care system and its costs for consumers in an entertaining—and empowering—way. This week, we talk to Dan about how to hold your own when you are slapped with an exorbitant medical bill, and ask: Why is the health care system so confusing?

In Signs of the Times, we briefly mark the occasion of the election of the second Catholic president in U.S. history (and celebrate the controversial song he quoted in his acceptance speech). Next, the Vatican published its much-anticipated report on the investigation into former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. We bring on Colleen Dulle of America’s “Inside the Vatican” podcast to breakdown the top takeaways from the report. Who knew what about McCarrick’s abuse—and should we trust an internal investigation, conducted by those with the most at stake?

Links from the show:

Joe Biden will be the second Catholic president. Here’s what you need to know about his faith.
“On Eagle’s Wings”: The simple origin of the song that makes the world cry
Top 5 Takeaways from the McCarrick Report
An Arm and a Leg podcast

What’s on tap?

Trappist-made wine from New Clairvaux Vineyard

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