Michael Moore Talks Sicko on Larry King Live

June 29, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Michael Moore

According to a New York Times/CBS News poll, fully half of Americans think that Michael Moore’s new health care documentary, Sicko is “unpatriotic.” “Disgusting” and “ill-informed” were other adjectives used to describe the movie, which none of those who took the poll have actually seen, since the movie wasn’t released until today.

Special Dumbo awards go to the always-misinformed Bill O’Reilly, who said on his show this week that he “wasn’t sure” that health care was a human right, and to Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), who said: “I can’t believe theaters are even showing it…moviegoers are going to leave the theater thinking that there is something wrong with some part of the United States.” Ya think? (Early warning: Brownback is a GOP presidential candidate.)

Moore’s prescription for American health care, at MichaelMoore.com, is:

  • Every resident of the United States must have free universal health care for life.
  • All health care insurance companies must be abolished.
  • Pharmaceutical companies must be strictly regulated like a public utility.

Americans, although we seem not to realize it, have a lower life expectancy than some other nations, and a higher infant mortality rate as well. In fact, we’ve slipped to Number 37 on the World Health Organization’s list ranking health care. One of the things that we found most disturbing about the poll mentioned above was the description of the movie as “unpatriotic.” It’s indicative of the polarization and hardening of views in America, with the right wing consistently conveying a message that anyone “not like us” is “the enemy.”

On opening day, the movie has been a blockbuster. Interviewed this evening on Larry King Live, Moore said: “We have a broken health care system…Of the top 25 industrialized countries, we’re the only one that doesn’t have universal health care…It’s a human right.…We don’t have the collective will to say, ‘We should do this.’ ”…“We have some of the best doctors in the world. The problem is, it’s not for everyone.”

Medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy and homelessness in the U.S. Forty-seven million Americans are without health insurance…and nine million of them are children. About 18,000 Americans die annually due to lack of health insurance and access to health care. That’s equal to six 9/11’s a year. Our elderly neighbors live in fear because even though they have a health care plan, they still pay about $2,000/month for prescriptions for cancer and a heart problem. We know a retired state trooper who’s had seven operations and went from having a wonderful retirement to the verge of declaring medical bankruptcy. The man is almost dead, and the stress isn’t helping matters.

Although Harry Truman proposed national health care as long ago as 1948, Americans are still waiting. Ironically, although we love to loathe the French, the French have the best health care in the world. They also have low-cost or free day care and free college. Factoring in those items, we actually pay more per year than the French pay with their relatively high tax rate. And 78 percent of Canadians are happy with their health care.

Can you say that about your health care?

Read more news about America’s pitifully broken managed health care system.

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