"What is the most pressing social issue in our country?"
"I think it's trying to survive; that's what it is, because, like most Americans, I'm living paycheck-to-paycheck and sometimes that paycheck doesn't stretch until the next paycheck. Sometimes I run out of things on a Wednesday or Thursday and, you know, two more days I get paid. Friday comes, here comes the bills and after I pay the bills off it's lucky if I have anything left for the rest of the week."
"So what's a solution to this problem, then?"
"The solution is that we should have free health care; no one should have to worry about getting something done and getting that humongous health bill later on. Then you gotta pay the copay if you see your doctor or specialist. Then if you have to go to the emergency room you got to worry about that bill coming in, usually between a hundred and two hundred dollars and that's just your copay. Not only health insurance but prescriptions. It's also bad, too, because you got these prescription companies telling you what medication you can have and what you can't have. I had that happen to me recently: I had to go to the emergency room because I couldn't breathe--I have COPD, right?--The doctor prescribed me a certain type of inhaler. Now, I went to my pharmacy, which has the inhaler, but the insurance company wouldn't pay for it because it wasn't on their 'list.' So I had to wait a week later to see my own doctor to get the inhaler they would cover. That's bad, you know?"
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