Pre-Release Response to Sicko

Michael Moore appears to have changed his mind on viewing Sicko on line. Earlier in the week he said:

I don’t agree with the copyright laws and I don’t have a problem with people downloading the movie and sharing it with people as long as they’re not trying to make a profit off my labor. I would oppose that … I do well enough already, and I made this film because I want the world to change. The more people who see it the better, so I’m happy this is happening.

I took Michael at his word, downloaded the movie, and watched it last night. I’ll have more to say about it (both the good and the bad) a little later. Today Michael Moore isn’t as happy about the movie being available on line and copies have been pulled from You Tube.

Conservatives attempt to portray any talk of health care reform as an attack on the medical profession, but actually doctors and nurses know very well that there are serious problems with the insurance industry. A group of doctors and nurses have formed Scrubs for Sicko:

Planning to spark a fundamental change in national healthcare politics, an unprecedented national coalition of nurses and doctors organizations today announced plans to rally around the openings of Michael Moore’s “SiCKO” June 29 to press the campaign for single-payer healthcare, guaranteeing comprehensive, quality healthcare with an expanded and improved Medicare for all.

Calling it the “Scrubs for SiCKO” campaign, organizers will recruit registered nurses and doctors to every theater in the nation where “SiCKO” opens to ensure that caregivers — in SiCKO scrubs — are in the audience…

“SiCKO” profiles a number of Americans with insurance who have been denied needed care by their insurance companies, describes how the insurance-based healthcare system is structured to keep it that way, and provides examples of other industrialized nations where insurance companies do not stand in the way of medical care.

The campaign will highlight the need for reforms that prevent insurance companies from denying care, and send a strong signal to politicians in Congress, state capitals, and the presidential race who are promoting insurance-based reforms.

Update: A Review of Michael Moore’s Sicko

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    Renee, MD says:

    Micheal Moore does it again!! He puts his time and energy into the right place and packages it well. Of course I laughed and cried, but what do I do now? I’m a family doctor in a small community adjacent to a large Metro city. I formulated the opinion years ago that the American medical system of insurance, hosptials, drug companies are in large part big pyramid schemes. Where, how do I start to get the country moving to develop free health care for all?

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