Sicko

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SiCKO is more like a controlled howl of protest than a documentary. Toning down the rhetoric of past efforts–no CEOs, congressmen, or celebrities were accosted in the making of this film–Michael Moore’s latest provocation is just as heartfelt, if not more heartbreaking. As he clarifies from the outset, his subject isn’t the 45 million Americans without insurance, but those whose coverage has failed to meet their needs. He starts by speaking with patients who’ve been denied life-saving procedures, like chemotherapy, for the most spurious of reasons. Then he travels to Canada, England, and France to see if socialized medicine is as inefficient as U.S. politicians like to claim–especially those who receive funding from pharmaceutical companies. Moore finds quality care available to all, regardless as to income. He concludes with a stunt that made headlines when he assembles a group of 9/11 rescue workers suffering from a variety of afflictions. When Moore is informed that detainees at Guantánamo Bay–technically American soil–qualify for universal coverage, he and his companions travel to Cuba to get in on that action. It’s a typically grandstanding move on Moore’s part. And it proves remarkably effective when these altruistic individuals, who’ve either been denied treatment or forced to pay outrageous costs for their medication, experience a dramatically different system. Nine years in the making, SiCKO makes a persuasive case that it’s time for America to catch up with the rest of the world. –Kathleen C. Fennessy (Amazon.com)

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8 thoughts on “Sicko

  1. i will have no health insurance in april and that scares me. our country is in a sort of denial over our health care crisis. socializing medicine works in other countries. it was crazy to hear that family in france name off their biggest expenses (their apartment, vegetables, the fish tank). i just don’t know if i can trust the united states government with my health care. they already screwed up social security. i just imagine it going horribly wrong. but i agree that something has to be done. something that doesn’t allow businesses to profit off of people being ill.

  2. When peoples lives are being dealt with, money shouldn’t be a major consideration. The idea of for-profit health care is insane.

  3. I saw this movie while trying to do my homework but I couldn’t stop watching it. i pay a lot for my own health insurance yet every time I have surgery which is usually once a year I still end up paying over $2000 out of my own pocket. No wonder I am so broke. I really need to move out of this country!

  4. after i saw this movie i had the opportunity to bring it up in conversation and recommend it twice….my mom was quite receptive, and my grandma’s response: “i dont agree with his (michael moore’s) ideas”…..you win some you loose some i guess….

  5. i tried to talk to my parents about this movie too and they wouldn’t listen to anything i was saying bc it was a “michael moore” film but i think this movie had a lot of valid points that i wish more people would actually listen to instead of just complaining about how bad our healthcare system is.

  6. the only problem is that the sole reason why the U.S. has such good technology in health care is because its all privatized and companies have to compete to be the best, thus coming up with great advances in medicine. once you take that away i think there could be a decline in moving forward within the medical community.

  7. the only problem is that the sole reason why the U.S. has such good technology in health care is because its all privatized and companies have to compete to be the best, thus coming up with great advances in medicine. once you take that away i think there could be a decline in moving forward within the medical community.

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