Wesley Warren Jr. woke up with a scrotum the size of a melon one morning in 2008 and had to live with it for quite a while, covering it with blankets and sweatshirts in public, until a 13-hour surgery removed the enlarged sex organ earlier this year. Warren says that part of the reason he had to wait so long to receive treatment was because he did not have adequate healthcare coverage, a problem that he implied may be remedied by new reforms under the Affordable Care Act.

"Right now, we have one party in this country that can stifle everything," said Warren. "I actually get where the Republicans are coming from. But we've become what the old Soviet Union used to be — a country that can't meet the basic needs of its people. That's sad."

Warren first gained notoriety after appearing on shock jock Howard Stern’s radio show. He hoped that being a part of the show would help garner the attention of someone who could help him fund the procedure.

"I don't like being a freak, who would?" Warren told The Sun. "But I figured that the Stern show is listened to by millions of people and they might want to help me. I hope some millionaire or billionaire will want to help me."

Warren suffered from scrotal lymphedema, a condition that made his scrotum grow to larger-than-normal proportions. A corrective surgery for the condition costs about $1 million. According to the Daily Mail, 49-year-old Warren was only able to get the scrotum-removal procedure after a doctor offered to do it for free. Dr. Joel Gelman carried out the operation on April 8.

"It didn't have to be this way," Warren told HuffPost Live.

He believes that, with better healthcare coverage, he could have gotten his problem under control earlier or been able to afford the surgery without coming into the public eye.

View more excerpts from Warren's interview at The Huffington Post.