Insurance companies and politicians have long asserted that the United States health care system is the best in the world. This fairytale idealizes what is actually a broken system of care that fails to honor fundamental human rights. Millions of Americans have no safety net to fall back on in the case of an unexpected illness and are forced to make trade-offs between health services and other essential daily needs. The 50 million uninsured Americans “are acutely aware that our health care system is not working for everyone, and there is growing recognition that the major problems of rising cost and lack of access continue a real crisis.” However, policy changes are slow to come. The underlying structural factors that hamper efforts to improve U.S. health care are rarely addressed because of the economic and political constraints that shape health improvement projects. Thus, band-aids are applied to curb the symptoms of problems that are much more than skin deep.