Michael Moore's "Sicko" (techyum):
I don't have health insurance. A few weeks ago I applied for Blue Cross, and was denied based on "health conditions". I am totally, completely healthy and disease-free. Confused, I called Blue Cross to find out what they could possibly be referring to. After half an hour on the phone, I finally got a representative who explained to me that there were "claims" against my health on my record. I asked what that meant, and was told that because I had *seen a doctor* in the past 12 months, I was not eligible for coverage -- the "claims" were from a doctor filing a report that he'd seen me and prescribed nasal spray for my irritated sinuses. So because I saw a doctor, I was declined coverage, period. No appeal. Incidentally, I've spent the past two weeks in a depressed and fatalistic funk.