Sunday, July 08, 2007

SiCKO

Click cartoon to enlarge. View SiCKO trailer below.
Went to see SiCKO, an I think it is really a must-see for all Americans. If you are an American who has never had a health problem, or if you are wealthy or at least affluent, then you may not see the need to be concerned about the health care system in this country. But there is a great need to be concerned, and to do something about it.

I am beginning to realize that I am very likely, if I live long enough, to share the fate of one of the people featured in the film: an 80 year old man who has to work until he dies in order to be able to afford his medications. I am certain that I will never truly be able to retire. Not only that, I will have to work for the employer who now provides my health insurance for the rest of my life because at my age and having had a few previous minor ailments and conditions, I might not be able to obtain new health insurance.

When the movie opened here, there was an event staged by some medical professionals at one of the theaters. It was in support of universal health care. [Full coverage here]

I am not suggesting that anyone make up their mind based on a Michael Moore movie, but definitely don't believe the lies and propaganda of corporations whose concern for their profits are at the top of the list, and this includes the politicians who have been bought and paid for. To those folks who have suggested that perhaps MM, rather than getting people riled up about our broken health care system, should perhaps be watching his diet and trying to get healthier... what are you really suggesting? That the answer is just to not get sick? Watch your diet and exercise and everything will work out fine? I'm sorry, but that's just delusional, or maybe just naive. This is just too important an issue, and corporations should not be deciding who gets adequate medical care and who doesn't based on their financial bottom line.

Links:
This Modern World archives

Michael Moore's SiCKO website

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5 comments:

Jeffrey Dach MD said...

What is the real solution, if Michael Moore’s government sponsored universal health care is not the answer?

The crux of the "SICKO" documentary is the disconnect between our expectations and the reality of health care. We are expecting compassionate care from another human being, and instead we get a faceless corporation. The person behind the desk or window is an agent of a health care corporation, which is not a human being, whose primary goal is to increase corporate profit.

This is America, and corporate profit is good, the profit motive forming the basis America’s greatness. The basic problem is that a corporation is not a human being. Therein lies the fallacy of replacing a corporation with a government agency, neither of which is a human being, when what we really want is a human being to deliver compassionate health care, and assist in serious health care decisions.

Review of "SICKO", by Jeffrey Dach MD

Jeffrey Dach MD

Peacechick Mary said...

Many of the physicians I know want the insurance companies out of their business. I know of several doctors who left the profession because of it. We have to do something about health care in this country - it's outrageous and insurance companies are no more than legalized extortion. The movie is definitely a must see for all of us. Well done, Blueberry!

Blueberry said...

Thanks for your comments. This whole thing has made me want to move to England! Dr. Dach, I am enjoying the articles on your site!

Mando Mama said...

What a great post. Truth is, we can intellectualize the situation to the death, but the fact remains that the wealthiest nation in the world has not made health care a priority. And it doesn't seem there's much action, real action, on this front. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is a big load of crap for a whole lotta people who can't get the care they need or pay the bills they have for the care they got.

I sometimes wonder how Michael Moore feels, and frankly, how he can keep going. He makes these brilliant films that millions of people see and embrace and get worked up about, and yet, nothing ever changes. How the hell is that possible?

enigma4ever said...

great post Blueberry..
I think SICKO is about Waking people up we have a Crisis here...HUGE...
and the Dr up above trys to comment- but there is a reality problem here- across the country Plenty of Good Hardworking People 47 Million do not have Insurance ( 9 million children) , many are Middleclass- not because they don't want and need coverage but they can NOT afford it...and also are being denied due to pre-existing condtions- like Heart issues, Diabetes, asthma etc.

NEVER EVER should Corporations or Corporate Schills be making decisions about OUR health- it even violates the Hippocratic oath- DO NO HARM....it is time for Medical people REAL doctors to stand up and SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.....

God bless Micheal for telling the Truth- this Government is NOT just killing People in Iraq- it is happening here daily......

As a Nurse...I am horrified....daily.