Michael Moore's Sicko

Monday, June 11, 2007
Michael Moore has a new documentary scheduled for release at the end of the month. It's entitled Sicko and it takes a look at the current state of medical care in the US and the lack of coverage for a large percentage of Americans. No I have not seen it yet. Yes, I will when it hits local theatres.

Jian Gohemeshi interviewed Moore today on Q (CBC Radio). You can listen to the Q Podcast if you'd like to hear what they talked about. According to Moore's film, the only place that any American can receive full, free health care is Guantanamo Bay. Yep that's right. A military post currently being used to hold detainees suspected of terrorism. They're entitled to complete medical coverage but unless you're stationed there, US Citizens don't. In typical Michael Moore fashion, he "...went to Cuba in March to obtain health care for three ailing Sept. 11 rescue workers. He claims in the film that the U.S. government had left the workers to fend for themselves on ailments that resulted from their work at Ground Zero". As a result, the filmmaker is now facing a federal investigation and possible confiscation of his film which he claims to have had to smuggle the master copy of out of the US and into Canada to save it.
I tend to think that the investigation has to do with Moore's constant, and very vocal, criticism of the current Bush's administration, as is suggested by his lawyer in the article. The fact that he happened to go to Cuba just gives the government an excuse to cover their actions under the cover of thinly-veiled legitamacy. The movie, as with most of Moore's previous documentaries, sounds highly interesting and I'll definately be shelling out my hard earned bucks for a seat and popcorn. I recommend you do the same.

Check out his interview with Oprah earlier this month. Very eye opening.


Wandering Coyote said...

This is timely for me because on Saturday I had dinner with my ex mother-in-law, who was born in the US but has lived in Canada over 30 years, and her girlfriend who is American and lives down there still - and actually works in the medical field as a consultant. She was telling my dad and I about the American system and it was just appalling. She told us about the 50 million uninsured that Moore talks about, but she said the other 250 million who have insurance don't think about it at all because their insurance is paid for by their employer. They don't see the costs themselves. And if you want to buy your own insurance, you have to be in perfect health in order for a company to take you on, otherwise you're SOL. It's a crazy, inhuman system down there. And for a country as wealthy as the US is, it's a crying shame. I hope the Moore film incites some change. As Moore says in the clip, they have to shift their thinking from ME to WE. I am so grateful for our health care up here. It's not perfect by any means, but it's better than what they have down there.

Karen said...

Private insurance companies in Canada are the same way up here. I used to work for a health insurance company so I can understand why, from their point, financially why they only want to cover those in perfect or near perfect health. They might offer you coverage but only for anything new that develops - NO pre-existing conditions (or the medicines to treat them) would be covered. Fortunately, the company I worked for did offer plans for those with pre-existing conditions which were designed to work with our provinicial health care so that pretty much anyone could get at least some sort of coverage. And you're right, our health care systems aren't perfect (far from it) but at least it's something.

The only good thing about living in the states, healthcare wise, is that if you have the money to pay for it, you can get your medical treatment ASAP and jump to the front of the queue. Not like here where you often wait up to 6 months or more for an MRI. Without the financial means though (which is likely that entire 250 million mentioned), you're screwed. HMOs are evil.

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