08/30/2012 12:15 pm ET Updated Sep 01, 2012

Healthcare Remains Too Expensive: 'I Can't Afford To Get Sick' (WATCH)

For many Americans, medical treatment remains too expensive. And often, for those living in poverty, missing work for that treatment isn't an option either -- especially when there are medical bills to be paid.

HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps discussed these concerns with a panel of guests on HuffPost Live, including Donna Smith, a healthcare advocate, who was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had to work two jobs to pay for the bills that her employer-provided insurance didn't cover. She says she was expected to keep up a cheerful facade at work despite dealing with chemotherapy and despite working two jobs, still declared bankruptcy, a "tragedy" she says is happening to many people in this country.

Watch the video above to hear more from Smith, as well as from journalist June Cross, Stan Brock, who founded Remote Area Medical to provide care in poor overseas (and now state-side) locations and Jojo Rhines, who is living with HIV/AIDS in South Carolina.

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