Raising that question and answering it is precisely what the intention behind the action of buying and forgiving the debt, first $1 million, then $15 million. I hope this silences the movements critics (that aren’t members of the 1%). The debt they forgave was primarily medical debt, they said they will next be targeting student loan debt.
The movement is not as chic as it was a few years ago, and certainly doesn’t receive the news coverage it did during it’s initial run in Zuccotti Park, but that has been a blessing in disguise. Without national media attention and the inevitable ego boom that comes with it, they have been able to quietly do the work of the 99%. Now the press only covers them when they make a big splash in the form of helping people, which is what any protest movement is supposed to be all about.