Is PMI (mortgage protection insurance) a scam?

When I bought my home years ago I had to pay for PMI untill I had 20% equity in my home. I was told it would step in and protect the bank if I walked away from my loan obligation and the bank had to forclose. So with all these forclosers in the news today why isn’t PMI paying off and protecting the banks or was it a scam to begin with?

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