Imagine having to fight stage four colon cancer: going through all the painful chemo treatments and coming home to a huge stack of bills.
It happens to folks every day. Here's a school teacher who despite having health care insurance, still can't pay the $15,000 out-of-pocket cost from her cancer treatments.
Priscilla Minter hopes Congress will pass some kind of health care reform soon for all Americans suffering like her.
Fifteen years ago Saturday, congress abandoned the Clinton health-care overhaul effort-
Yet, the fight for reform goes on:
President Obama still faces many of the same obstacles that plagued then-President Bill Clinton.
Can he succeed where Clinton failed?
Who better to ask - than the people who were in the White House in 1994?
CNN's Betty Nguyen poses that question to Donna Shalala, who served as Health and Human Services Secretary under President Clinton , former President Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff, Harold Ickes and Kenneth Thorpe – who worked on the health care reform bill for the Clinton Administration.
Take a look at what they had to say:
Join Betty Nguyen and TJ Holmes this morning in the CNN Newsroom, 6am ET/ 3am PT.
All the screaming, shouting and shoving we’re seeing at these health care reform town halls makes great TV. But too often, the real questions and concerns get lost in the noise. That’s why we’re doing all we can here in the CNN Newsroom to cut through the rhetoric and rumors to address your real concerns and fears about the future of your health care - and where this debate is leading our country.
Is all the fighting and frustration we’re seeing in these town halls a symptom of something bigger brewing in America? Do you fear a “big government” takeover? Does the prospect of doing nothing scare you even more? Most people agree something HAS to be done. But what?
We want to know what you think. Send us your comments, questions and concerns.
Most of these questions will take a little time to research so we won’t be able to get back to you right away. Once we’re able to answer your specific concerns, we’ll air them in the CNN Newsroom.
We spent most of our first hour and a chunk of our second in Portsmouth, New Hampshire yesterday, for President Obama's health care town hall.
Right after, Kyra brought in Rep. Pete Olson (R – Texas) - to go point-by-point on some of the town hall Q&A.
People still have questions - so we're still getting you answers. Kyra brought back Linda Douglass, from the White House Office of Health Reform, for some more Mail to the Chief.
What do you think?
It's "make or break" time for health care reform. Congress is out for exactly one month. At town hall meetings, constituent gatherings, visits to Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, schools, and churches – members of Congress are going to hear a whole lot about health care and health care reform. They'll take what they hear back to Washington in September.
We're focusing on health care all month long on CNN. And we want to check in with you, again. Given everything you've seen, heard, or read this summer...how are you feeling now about your health care and about health care reform?
Post your comments below.
Heated debates are taking place across the country in what could be a make-or-break month for health care reform.
Democratic lawmakers are spending their August recess trying to drum up support for the President's plan.
But some town hall meetings are turning into shouting matches.
What do you think about the protests and debates going on? Are these debates healthy?
The August Congressional recess will be anything but a break from the health care reform debate.
Democrats had hoped to spend this month selling hometown constituents on the need for reform. However, several local meetings across the country have become heated with passionate voters asking pointed questions and expressing serious doubts about health care reform.
If you had the opportunity to talk to your representative what would you say or ask?
Leave us a comment.
We’ll share some of them on air in the CNN Newsroom.