Michael Moore’s “Sicko” challenges the American people to think critically and fight for real reforms, and kick lobbyists and special interests to the curb, by exerting their voices with all levels of politicians.
“Sicko,” is Moore’s new documentary about healthcare, and unlike his other polarizing documentaries, this one does not have a clear target of his ire. Moore isn’t chasing down industry executives for combative interviews. The slightly slimmed down Moore has swallowed some of his own advice, and learned the first step is taking care of patient number one.
One way to fight the system,” Moore tells the Los Angeles Times, “is to take better care of yourself.”
Moore tells the Times that this film is different than the others for the simple fact that collectively, with “Sicko,” opening June 29, the problem is “American indifference” to changing the ridiculous state of American health care, insurance costs, access to care and inequities in the system.
Near 50 million of Americans are naked – without insurance – and we all pay the price when the safety net for so many is the hospital emergency room. The most squeezed are middle class families consisting of private contractors or the self-employed who pay astronomical premiums for individual plans. Too rich for the benefits of free clinics, but rich enough to be squeezed by hospital credit collectors looking for someone to pay that mega inflated tab for any operation or procedure. Bankruptcies are rampant among families with medical calamities. Moore thinks this is very, very wrong.
“When people say there is no confrontation in this movie, to me there is a big confrontation in this movie,” Moore said in a Cannes interview. “Because I am confronting the American audience with a question: ‘Who are we, and what has happened to our soul?’ To me, that’s maybe more confrontation than going after the CEO of Aetna or the CEO of Pfizer.”
Moore feels that the United States “settles” for the ruinously expensive medical premiums and treatment, and his film shows Americans the comparison of our way versus countries like England and France with universal healthcare.
“I don’t have to convince the American public that there is something wrong with our health care system. I think most American people already feel that way,” said Moore, who has the finest PPO health insurance available, the Motion Picture Fund health insurance which is available to him through his DGA (Directors Guild of America) membership, reports the Times.
“That’s why I don’t spend a lot of time in the film on the healthcare horror stories. I wanted to propose that there’s a different way we can go with this. I’m hoping that the American people, when they see this film, will say, ‘You know, there is a better way, and maybe we should look at what they are doing in some of these other countries…”
We can only spread that message and hope his film will be received with open minds by those who normally just write off Moore as solely a voice from the left.
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