Sicko Review Essay

Nor does Moore address the complexities or problems of national health care in other countries. As Moore notes, Americans are already exposed constantly to the health industry’s point of view, thanks to multi-million dollar public relations campaigns.It’s one of many educational lessons Moore offers from the sordid story of how American health care has long been sacrificed to the greed and folly of the “free market.” In Si CKO, it’s also mostly “the help” who do the talking.From customer service reps for managed care to a retired machinist with heart problems to cancer patients and injured 9/11 volunteers, Moore lets ordinary Americans bring to life the broken reality of our health care system.In doing so he brands for-profit health care as immoral, and calls for the elimination of insurance companies from the health care system.It’s a tour de force exposition of the perversity of turning health care into a commodity.Instead, dewy letters to Nancy and movie publicity photos (including that one with Bonzo the chimpanzee) charm visitors from under glass. An old vinyl record album from 1961 displayed a dapper Reagan posed next to a provocative title: “Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine.” Reagan’s concern on the recording was a bill then in Congress to finance medical care for all Americans over age 65.This was the legislative initiative that in 1965 would become law as Medicare.But it should be obvious by now it will take more than a movie to get the insurance companies out of the health care system.It will also take more than the Affordable Care Act to create a truly just health care system. Here is the review of Si CKO I wrote for Op Ed News (July 13, 2007) at the time of its release.On a recent road trip I found myself on a brief stop in Eureka, Illinois, a small, tree-lined town of modest hills in the central part of the state.Eureka is the home of Eureka College, the alma mater of former President Ronald Reagan.


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