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People like Guericke would beg to differ. She's a Gulf War vet who faces the possibility that she could soon have a better chance of receiving health insurance if she were an Iraqi citizen instead of a former member of the army that just conquered Iraq.

"It kind of makes me mad because, you know, there's all these other countries in the world that can give their citizens health care and take care of their people, and we're supposed to be the biggest, best country in the world," Guericke says. "I spent six months of my life in a desert because I believed in this country. And we can't even take care of our own people, and yet we're so concerned with everything else going on around the world."

For now, Guericke contents herself with searching for affordable insurance -- the best she's found is about $200 per month -- and trying to control her illness by controlling her lifestyle.

"I eat right," she says. "I don't drink alcohol. I don't do drugs. I exercise. I get sleep because I know what my body needs."

Until someone offers something better, that's just about all she can do.

kevin.griffis@creativeloafing.com

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