Fran Drescher, talked with FOX News host Sean Hannity about health care reform and President Obama's plans to reform the industry. The host continually tried to change the subject, but Drescher kept bringing the discussion back to the merits of providing health care for everyone.
DRESCHER: I just want to make sure that, in this country, nobody that gets to live here and calls themselves an American citizen ever gets sick and is turned away by a doctor or hospital.
HANNITY: They can't be legally. Right now in America, you cannot be denied care because of your inability to pay. Right now today that is the current status.
DRESCHER: But you know, when you live in a real world and you're sick, it's not so black and white. And people don't know where to turn. They have catastrophic illness.
Drescher also tried to appeal to Hannity's own experience:
DRESCHER: But you know, when you live in a real world and you're sick, it's not so black and white. And people don't know where to turn. They have catastrophic illness. And you were talking about your mom and how horrible it was.
HANNITY: She had cancer, yes.
DRESCHER: And I'm sure that, you know, your family was well covered with insurance. And imagine what it's like when it's compounded with stacks of medical bills that are barely making you bankrupt.
Drescher, a cancer survivor, said that she doesn't see Obama's $634 billion "down payment" on health care reform as a sign that Obama is moving toward a nationalized system. "Because we already have a ... health insurance big business in this country already in place ... no president is looking to put them out of business. So that's why I think that it's never going to go that far in that direction." Hannity wasn't convinced, but failed to make much of a counterargument. Instead, he talked about Jeremiah Wright and Bil Ayers, and the president's "apologizing for America."
Drescher herself has expressed interest in a possible run for office in 2010 or 2012.