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Man spends retirement driving for Uber to pay off medical debt

Posted at 8:01 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-06 13:10:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Of all the ways Jimmy Glasscock imagined spending his retirement working was perhaps the last idea that came to mind.

This 64-year-old was once a sales representative who began his golden years a while back and then one day ended up in the hospital.

"I had an issue with an artery fusing to a vein in my brain," he explains.

Jimmy spent a week at Vanderbilt. He had insurance and yet when he got out of the hospital ended up with nearly $50,000 in medical bills.

"These bills right here they’re ridiculous! It’s just crazy," he said.

Jimmy and his wife are on fixed income. Social security and retirement are not enough to help them pay their mounting medical bills; so here Jimmy has found himself spending his retirement behind the wheel of a car driving for Uber.

"There was just more money there owed than what we were bringing in to the household

Thousands of other Tennesseans have found themselves on the financially uncertain path with bills being handed over to collection agencies. For a man who dreamed of spending his retirement not working, medical debt had other plans for Jimmy Glassock.