Review: 'SiCKO' Doesn't Offer Cure-All for Health Care
Even though Americans are living longer than they ever have before, we’re all in trouble because our health care system is failing us. That’s Michael Moore’s “SiCKO” in a nutshell.
In Moore’s world, some Americans live precariously with little or no health care, all politicians are on the pharmaceutical industry’s dole, the insurance companies are the root of all evil and the people in Canada, Western Europe and Cuba are immensely more civilized than Americans because they have government-run health care.
How is that for oversimplifying a complex situation?
By using a hodgepodge of anecdotal evidence and misleading information through humorous and emotional pleas,
Despite a three-month build-up, accolades from mainstream media outlets and
It’s impossible not to feel sympathy for some of the hardship cases
But in any nation – even those
And even though he depicts them as greedy and selfish,
Perhaps his most dishonest attack is on the pharmaceutical industry. It is true that drugs are more expensive in the
Again his oversimplification suggested there is rampant corruption involving pharmaceutical manufacturers and price controls will help everyone get the prescription medication they need. But, he doesn’t say why our pharmaceutical industry is so advanced. The profit motive inspires ingenuity. It also doesn’t help that other nations are undermining the industry’s profit motive by forcing price controls that are causing our prices to go up.
After discrediting and maligning everything about the American health care system imaginable,
Moore’s final destination on his world tour is a stop in – one of the few remaining bastions of the failed form of government. He and several sick Americans board a boat from Cuba Miami and head to . First he hits viewers with his shenanigans of trying to get what he refers to as the best health care in Cuba United States at , where suspected enemy combatants are housed. Then Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Moore expects the viewer to believe the hostile dictatorial government of Cuba will just allow anyone to waltz right into on a boat for a physical and to fill a few prescriptions. Havana
If that is indeed the case, it is ironic thousands of Cuban refugees make their way across the
Florida Strait every year seeking asylum from the Cuban government. If Cuba has such great health care, one has to wonder why Michael Moore didn’t go to Cuba instead of enrolling in the famed $3,800 a week Pritikin weight-loss clinic in Aventura, Fla.
At one point,
Luckily we don’t have across the board socialized health care in the
That’s what Americans can expect if