Saturday, December 29, 2007
It's The Dying, Stupid!Post Script: I've watched a lot of bad movies on DVD the last last 12 months. Sicko makes up for most of them. Find more information at the Sicko website and at Michael Moore's site.
SICKO is a great movie. You may think you know how sick our health care system is, but this movie will probably make you realize you're an optimist on the subject.
Watch people tell their stories of denied benefits, only to learn they're now dead, because of those denials. Listen to stories of children shuffled from "out of system" hospitals to "in system" HMO hospitals who die in transit.
Like all Michael Moore movies, it also makes you laugh. And it made me think I will probably vote for Obama. The lobbyists are out of control, and Hillary benefits from them as much as anyone.
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First take a look at what Krugman has to say about Obama, who has come slowly toward the issue. Krugman's supporting Edwards because his plan comes closest to universal health care.
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Posted by: AVOTC at Dec 30, 2007 10:52:07 AM
Krugman clearly isn't dealing from a lot of facts ("Obama may just not be that ..."), and I have no idea what I think of Krugman — I don't think I've ever read him before.
On the other hand, I don't think Edwards can win.
Posted by: john at Dec 30, 2007 1:13:26 PM
It's high time we had universal access to healthcare in the USA. The system here in England, while far from perfect, is a lot more civilized than that in the USA. I broke my finger the other day and the hospital took great care of me. Money was never discussed and no billing department was in evidence. In the USA, the first stop is to discuss how treatment is going to be paid for as part of triage. Barbaric.
For those who argue that American healthcare is the best in the world, and that socialized medicine doesn't work, I can assure you that argument is not only rubbish, but is put forward at its source by those with a vested financial interest in keeping the healthcare system privatized.
Taking care of our sick and injured should not be first and foremost about profits. Sadly, in America, profiteers have been allowed to control who gets treatment and what treatment they get. It's a barbaric system of which we should be ashamed. Bravo to Michael Moore for once again stepping up and speaking common sense.
Posted by: Thomas Massengale at Jan 1, 2008 6:30:29 AM