10/04/2012 02:12 pm ET Updated Oct 04, 2012

$25 For A Box of Tissues? Hospital Notes From the Uninsured [WATCH]

Last night President Obama and Governor Romney sparred over health care spending and their individual plans for reform in the first presidential debate. In a conversation evaluating the candidates' performances, HuffPost Live’s Josh Zepps asked a diverse set of guests to give their take on the state of health care in American.

Community member Shauntay Brown sounded off on what it’s like not to have health insurance and shared some insight into the costs she faced after a lengthy hospital stay.

“I’ve got a bill right now that has a $25 box of Kleenex on it,” she said. “They charge you for that. There’s no regulation stating, hey you can’t charge people for Kleenex when they’re in the hospital for ten days.”

Zepps and Brown were joined by Brian Morgenstern, a Republican strategist, Joseph Antos, a health care policy expert at American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Tom Cunningham, the Creative Director for Leadstar.

Watch the full segment on HuffPost Live.