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October 09, 2008

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David and family outside on the grass
David Bass and family

Heart Matters

Heart Matters

The presidential candidates are seeking support for their proposed health care plans, citing rising costs across the board. This year, uninsured Americans are expected to spend $30 billion on out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Musician David Bass was born with heart problems and later required a heart transplant to save his life. But he was turned down by his doctor for care because he lacked health insurance. He talks to Dick Gordon about how he navigated the Medicaid system to get on the transplant waiting list.

His wife Rebecca Porter also joins the conversation. She says David's heart problems sparked her interest in nursing. Now that the family has medical benefits, she says, her family's outlook on the future has changed.

Finding Her Fight

Our series on political awakenings continues. After Galena Segal escaped the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, she found work as a hotel cook in Los Angeles. She and her fellow workers routinely stayed after hours, but they were never paid overtime. So when Galena was fired after asking for a raise, she decided it was time to take action.

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