Saturday, June 23, 2007

Jabba the Butt

Michael Moore's Shticko
By Michael C. Moynihan

Michael Moore is as conspiratorial as ever. The online leaking of Sicko, his new documentary on the American health care system, was an "inside job," he said. It was an attempt at "ruining the opening weekend's box office" by those with a "vested interest" in seeing the film fail.

And that's not all. Government officials, the Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine director told reporters, are so anxious about his paean to Cuba's health care system that he stashed the master reel in Canada, lest the Bush administration try to seize it.

But the administration needn't worry about Sicko. As with much of his previous work, Moore's latest film is, by turns, touching, naïve and maddeningly mendacious, a clumsy piece of agitprop that will likely have little lasting effect on the health care debate. Moore is right that the American system is sick—on this, there is bipartisan and public consensus.

The United States has the highest per capita health care spending in the world, with comparatively disappointing results. But his radical prescriptions, which include a call for a British-style, single-payer system, will likely have little resonance with viewers.

Indeed, according to a recent ABC News/Kaiser Family Health study, insured Americans are overwhelmingly (89 percent) satisfied with their own care, while broadly concerned about rising costs of prescription drugs and critical of the care others receive.

Sicko starts off rather well, with an effective montage of health care and bureaucratic nightmares, from insurers slithering out of active policies and denying coverage retroactively (with conditions as insignificant as a previously undisclosed yeast infection used as justification) to the rejection of new applicants for reasons both bizarre and abstruse (like the 6'2", 135 pound applicant turned down for being "too thin"). But as is often the case, Moore quickly overreaches, implying that such horror stories are de rigueur, a uniquely American problem that could only be solved with further government intervention.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder when Moore needs some kind of medical care, acute or otherwise, if he'll be going to Cuba or France ,Canada or England for it. J"Mac

11:41 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

If he does, he better hope they have super-size ambulances, exam tables, and beds...

8:46 PM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

Actually, leaking a film and creating controversy only makes the man and his backers more money. I doubt that he is too upset about it.

About his health care, J"Mac, I'm sure he would get Cuba's "best" care. LOL. If he chooses Canada, he'd better take a calendar so he can keep track of his "distant" medical appointments.

Do we have Dem hospitals and Republican hospitals?

9:40 AM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

Sicko is just another example of someone with a first-hand experience of America's strengths and weaknesses comparing America's weaknesses to the PR fodder pushed by foreign governments and then saying, "See? The U.S. sucks." What's next? Your daddy can beat up my daddy? This is nothing but a joke and it ensnares only the credulous.

1:16 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home