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Thursday, November 22, 2007


"SiCKO" is slicko!

I had a lot to say (e.g., here and here) about Michael Moore's "SiCKO" (why the small "i"? I have no idea), mostly in conjunction with CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta's utterly dishonest "fact-checking" of the movie (here, here, here and here). All that was, as is my usual practice of not seeing movies in theaters, without actually seeing the movie (not that anything I said actually depended on that).

Well, now I have seen the movie, and I can say: if you haven't seen it yet, do it! An enjoyable and enlightening film. It's quite obvious why right-wingers were so anxious to trash it, since any normal person could only join in the bewilderment of the people from Canada, England, and France laughing at the notion that a health care system should involve profit, rather than people's health, and any normal person could only be shocked and disgusted at the stories of Americans dying because they were denied care by their insurance companies.

How bad is it? Here's one thing I learned from the film: Canadians who are coming to the U.S., even for a single day, purchase medical insurance just in case something happens to them while they're in the U.S. because, unlike tourists in many (most?) other countries of the world, but just like Americans, if anything happens they'll be expected to pay for it themselves.

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