So Sick of It
And even though I am a bit less of a Michael Moore fan than I used to be, I thought the movie was well done and certainly important. When the two most profitable sectors in your economy are "war and death", things really are, well, sick.
Here is the blurb on "Sicko" from Moore's site.
"The words "health care" and "comedy" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but in Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore's new movie 'SiCKO,' they go together hand in (rubber) glove.
Opening with profiles of several ordinary Americans whose lives have been disrupted, shattered, and—in some cases—ended by health care catastrophe, the film makes clear that the crisis doesn't only affect the 47 million uninsured citizens—millions of others who dutifully pay their premiums often get strangled by bureaucratic red tape as well.
After detailing just how the system got into such a mess (the short answer: profits and Nixon), we are whisked around the world, visiting countries including Canada, Great Britain and France, where all citizens receive free medical benefits.
Finally, Moore gathers a group of 9/11 heroes – rescue workers now suffering from debilitating illnesses who have been denied medical attention in the US. He takes them to a most unexpected place, and in addition to finally receiving care, they also engage in some unexpected diplomacy. "
The"unexpected place" of course is Cuba (read this), which always seems to unglue our media in ways that are rarely less than spectacular. True to form, CNN aired a piece of misinformation shortly before Wolf, the blitzer, brought Moore on for a live interview.
Moore basically blew the blow dry off of Wolf with his comments.
And he said he would truth squad the comments made by CNN and their loose with the facts doctor, Sanjay Gupta. After seeing the CNN piece, I agree with Moore, it was libel.
And I agree with Dr. Moore's prescription.
Unfortunately, as the movie aptly shows,
Americans are afraid of everything,
including their government.
And there will be no change,
until they are so sick of it,
they decide to change it.
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