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With the nation mired in a standstill stemming from the ongoing government shutdown, on Thursday evening Piers Morgan dedicated a large portion of his show to telling the story of "real people, real effects," highlighting every day Americans that are being impacted financially and otherwise.
Joining the program live from his home in Orlando, Fla., Tom Penders revealed why the current situation is so very frightening to him:
"My greatest fear is getting further and further into debt and not being able to climb out," confessed the father of four. "Also, not being able to pay the bills, put food on the table, pay for the medications my daughter needs."
Penders is the sole provider for his family, and one of his daughters is both blind and autistic. As a civilian employee at a military base, the government shutdown will place an enormous strain on his livelihood:
"It is going to be difficult to handle, there is no questioning that," he told the "Piers Morgan Live" host. "Telling me they will pay me down the road doesn't help me today when I have to pay the power bill, I have to pay the water bill, you know, and I have to pay insurance, I have to go to the pharmacy and buy medications for my daughter. How am I supposed to pay for it when I have no money today?"
Asked by the host how he personally feels about the politicians in Washington, D.C., and the man from Florida held little back:
"I think they are behaving like a bunch of spoiled children, like a bunch of five-year-olds throwing temper tantrums, especially the Republicans," said Penders. "They need to get over it. The Affordable Care Act is law, it was upheld by the Supreme Court, it's law. It went into effect October first and the Republicans just need to deal with it. Stop acting like children and get us back to work. I feel like I'm being held a hostage by the Republicans."
Watch the clip for the rest of Morgan's interview with Penders, and for the next episode of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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