Not that there is any dearth of reasons these days, but the Sarkisyan story makes me ashamed in my country. And the sad thing is people being injured or dying because of HMOs isn’t even that uncommon — and yet we all put up with it because for so many that’s all we know. Even without getting into the whole Michael Moore Sicko thing, every person I know from a country with socialized universal health care (Canada, UK, Australia, etc.) has had largely only good things to say about it — and the bad things I sometimes hear (like depending on where you live there sometimes aren’t enough general practitioners, so there are long leads for routine stuff like checkups) are pretty minor. Compared to your child dying despite being “insured”.

We can put a man on the moon but we can’t take care of our nation’s ill? Absolutely sickening.