TikTok helps expose the flaws of the healthcare system

Oak Park resident Aaron McManus recently took the inadequacies of America’s health care system to task, racking up nearly a million views on TikTok in the process. The non-binary father (whose pronoun is “they”) turned to the video-sharing service after receiving a $40,000 bill to remove a cancerous tumor the size of a football — a bill that their health insurance provider refused to cover.

“I feel like I’m being treated like a customer complaining because I didn’t get enough ketchup on my hamburger,” they said of their insurance provider. “It’s actually like, literally, my life and death here.”

McManus, who has stage 4 cancer, didn’t expect the story to go viral when it was shared on TikTok via the account ‘aaronwontshutup’, but it caught the attention of hundreds of thousands of sympathetic viewers – and eventually got the insurance provider to back down.

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