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Axinar

I had a great-uncle who absolutely REFUSED to see any doctors pretty much until he got so sick with metastatic prostate cancer that he had to go to a nursing home.

I'm beginning to adopt that attitude the older that I get.

We do have some great doctors in this country and some great technology, but there's something fundamentally perverted about the attitudes that exist that allow people to be treated the way we do.

Moore's right about one thing though - nothing will ever change until we grow a pair sufficient to say we're not going to take it any more and I don't know if we will ever reach that point.

Keith Pings

Understand the problems. But, why proposing ONE solution, the government. The US government is incompetent in everything they do. As you've noted, politicians spend their time playing to special interests. So, why turn it over to them, to botch it even worse? Maybe more effort should go to consider other alternatives.

Corinne Edwards

Der Julia -

This is the best review I have read including all the top newspapers in the country! Thank you.

I am forwarding it on to my email list and I would encourage all your readers to do the same!

freethoughtmom

Hello,
It sound like you have been through a desperate situation, I can't believe what you have put up with. Given that, would you consider a different viewpoint? When I walked into the movie, I didn't know much about universal health coverage, but I walked out wanting it, for me and for my country. Do you really want to have seen a different film? I think this one leaves people with "oh, now I get it!"

To Mr Pings above: do politicians "botch" the postal service? Do they "botch" your driver's license? How about Medicare? Yes, politicians do botch the health care system now, because when there are fortunes to be made, there are politicians to be bought. What are you worried about when the overhead on care goes from 31 cents of every health care dollar today to 1.5 cents of a universal system?

freethoughtmom

Hello,
It sound like you have been through a desperate situation, I can't believe what you have put up with. Given that, would you consider a different viewpoint? When I walked into the movie, I didn't know much about universal health coverage, but I walked out wanting it, for me and for my country. Do you really want to have seen a different film? I think this one leaves people with "oh, now I get it!"

To Mr Pings above: do politicians "botch" the postal service? Do they "botch" your driver's license? How about Medicare? Yes, politicians do botch the health care system now, because when there are fortunes to be made, there are politicians to be bought. What are you worried about when the overhead on care goes from 31 cents of every health care dollar today to 1.5 cents of a universal system?

gpawelski

A study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden reported that the American health care system outperforms the European health care system in getting new medicines to cancer patients. According to the study, "the proportion of colorectal cancer patients with access to the drug Avastin was 10 times higher in the United States than it was in Europe."

In other words, if you are a colorectal cancer patient, you are far better off in the United States (if you are lucky enough to have health insurance) than in Europe. It says that our health care system is good at delivering expensive drugs, but what it also says is that our health care system is not so good at simple medicine like preventive care, compared to Europe. Our profit-based health care system is very good at creating new health care products that will make a lot of money, but if it's something that has no chance of profit, forget it.

Our health care system is very good at creating new drugs and technologies and marketing them to hospitals, physicians and patients. And where our health care system isn't profitable, it is a total failure. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that the United States does a good job of developing and delivering new and expensive drugs to cancer patients, because that is the only thing we're good at. But it'll take a rocket scientist to figure out how this is a better health care system.

Amy Cooke

Julia,
I work with Michael Moore. Since his new film "SiCKO" opened, we've been noticing that people all over the country talking after the film spontaneously, and are organizing events; town halls, movie nights and so on, basically making this a movement, not a movie. We'd love to keep the momentum up by gathering stories of people who've organized SiCKO events of their own. Do you have any stories to share?

I am working on this tonight! Can you email me at amyc@goldflat.com?

eRobin

That exchange with the son was one of the most memorable parts of the film for me too. I think that Moore didn't have to comment on it - he left it in the film and counted on it resonating with people.

Commenting on it would have been cruel I think and something he may have done when he was the guy making Roger and Me but he's grown up now.

Bill_Henderson

Julia,
Wonderful review. My major gripe with SICKO is that it did not even mention the vital nature of "alternative" health care to the U.S. population. Visits to alternative medical practitioners became more numerous than those to allopathic physicians in 1994 and have continued to increase -- mostly not paid by insurance but by the individual. Large numbers of people are seeking out their own information on health care using the web sites, books, blogs like yours, podcasts, etc. Education like this about self-treatment may be our best hope. Your husband could probably have recovered if you had avoided the allopathic medical system -- as my former wife could have. I don't think either of us would take the same approach we did in the 90's if something like that happened to a family member again. This is a general trend. I see it every day. People are taking charge of their health care and getting smarter than the doctors about prevention.

Bless you. Keep up the good work.

fitline

excellent review julia. the best part about moore's sicko is you dont come to know about alternate therapies. offlate it is ben creating bit of ripples

Dan Oelkers

Thanks for the review. Sorry to hear about the loss of your husband.
I disagree with you on Univ. hlth care. We should allow natural health modalities in this country. That said, the diagnostics in this country is great. The fix is a disgrace. The body doesn't heal with synthetics such as drugs. The body heals itself if given the right resources. Of course, that would upset those that are in bed together - Congress, big pharma, big mfg.
Apparently Michael didn't read the stats. One third of all deaths in this country is from - you guessed it - drugs. And Univ hlth care would only add to this number.

Janelizabeth

To Dan: Well said. I believe what you say is the real issue in the health care industry. It is not natural, it is not good for the body and it does not cure illness. That being said however, the real killer that we are talking about is not even physical. It is emotional. It is fear. It is sadness. It is feelings of abandonment. It is suddenly being worthless after a life of work as worth. That was what struck me while I watched the movie Sicko. I was really struck by the fact that instead of charging money to their ill citizens they would pay them money. I was struck by their caring for every individual. I don’t know how real all that is but it sure would be nice to live with a government that does that.

William Hill

Dan,

Nice post!

Michael Moore's SiCKO clearly demonstrates our badly our nation's Healthcare System is failing (cherry picking or not).

It's extremely important that voters know the facts on where each candidate stands on Healthcare.

RxPop.com features a very nice collection of videos featuring politicians speaking out on the Healthcare Crisis in the United States.

The videos are located at:

http://www.rxpop.com/politics.asp

Enjoy!

Lipator

One way the consumers can fight back is by getting pricing information by using the internet to do price comparison searches.

Tyrone

WHITE WOMEN HAVE OBAMA TO THANK FOR WHITE MEN RESPECT

Had it not been for the fact of Senator Obama running for President. There would have never been a white female Vice President. 43 white only male only Presidents and NEVER in the history of the country did a white Republican respect a white female for President or Vice President. Just think about it America, all you had to do to get white presidents to respect a white female was to support a black American for President! Senator Obama is the only reason for Gov. Palin. Blacks are accuse of only voting for Senator Obama because he is black. This is so un-true and surly not base on black voting history. Black voted for Bill Clinton 89% and Jimmy Carter 87%. Blacks not whites fought and died to vote for white men. In 1920 the passing of the 19 Amendment gave white women the right to vote for white men. McCain's pick is affirmative action 101. A token female is a understatement.!!! But Obama is to thank for the first time in history a white women is finally respected by white male president candidate republican. Gov. Palin has no overseas experince.! She only been in elected office for 6 years. Four years as Mayor of about 9,000 and 2 years as Governor of Alaska population 700,000. She is a mother of five and under investigation for abuse of office! Another thing that the white pundits will not say. Never in the history of the country did a white male repubican candidate feel the need to respect a white woman for vice president! WHITE WOMEN....ALL TOGETHER..'''SAY''' THANK YOU OBAMA!

Paul Deming

Since when is Obama "black"?
Since when is Obama "white"?
He is neither.
He is BI-RACIAL.
Someone who calls Obama "black" is, in effect, following in the footsteps of slaveowners who considered someone a negro if they had a "drop" of negroid blood in them. Surely we've left that prejudiced notion in the historical dustbin where it belongs. Let's call Mr. Obama what he really is: BI-RACIAL.

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