"Sicko" The Right Prescription For Health Care Reform

I saw "Sicko," Michael Moore's latest documentary, last night, and it is a powerful film.

It's a good bet "Sicko" will do for health care reform what "An Inconvenient Truth" did for climate change: elevate and amplify the debate, and turn awareness into action.

While the health care industry complains that its side of the issue didn't get fair coverage (oh, poor Big Pharma and the managed care industries, whose commercials and political power are soooo inadequate),finds that most of Moore's claims are accurate.

If nothing else, the documentary will leave viewers asking three questions:

1. How did we end up with the overly-expensive yet inefficient system we have?

2. Can we do anything about it if so many politicians take money from health insurance companies that maximize profits by routinely denying coverage?

3. And the big one, guaranteed to be the cause of churning stomachs as the film's credits roll:

I wonder if my insurance will really cover me when I need it - - or will I end up like the people in the movie who had insurance, only to have their claims denied?

Or their coverage cancelled when claims were made?

Or were even forced to refund paid claims when the health insurers auditing detectives swung into action?

Note that is implementing a single-state health care reform plan, which California may copy.

in our state legislature, while personally enjoying Cadillac, taxpayer-paid coverage, are calling the universal coverage plan adopted by the State Senate dead-on-arrival.

Nothing self-interested or contradictory about that! It reminds me of legislators who bloviate about 'welfare' and what they call "The Nanny State,' then pocket their $88-taxpayer-paid, tax-free per diem for driving into Madison for a meeting, then home.

Maybe there's a way to dragoon legislators into a showing of "Sicko."

Free beer and brats would get them there, though the giveaway might be counter to the movie's healthy message, and perhaps illegal.

But there'd be no more appropriate audience right now for Michael Moore's movie-making than Wisconsin legislators who are blocking health care reform, and a healthier state.

Published

June 30, 2007 - 3:02pm

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