Manhattan: They said the United States is the greatest country on Earth. They said that we have the greatest health care, the best hospitals, the most innovative biomedical economy that can almost magically cure the ills of humanity. What this pandemic has laid bare is that, at least in this gruesome moment in history, none of this is true. How can America be great if only the rich have access to the testing and care they need, while the common man and woman scramble for care in the face of neglect and incompetence? What has transpired in New York represents a failure of the federal government to be as generous and able as it purports to be. It is a betrayal of our fundamental notion of ourselves, and begs the question, is the United States a first-world country if it provides second-rate medical care to most of its citizens? Daniel Dolgicer

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