When I met Sheila Wessenberg, she was living the American nightmare. She had a potentially fatal illness, but because she was uninsured her life seemed expendable. She said to me, “”There is no reason why anyone should be shoved into homelessness and helplessness just to live.”” She was referring to the fact that she could only get publicly funded health care if she gave up her home and her car. In the meantime, her doctor had abandoned her and she had already gone seven months with no chemotherapy.