18 Jun

Through the magic of the Internets, I came across a copy of Michael Moore’s new film, SiCKO, and watched it this evening.

Holy crap.

Why do we Americans think we’re so arrogant that we know how to run healthcare better than any other industrialized nation? The Canadians, the British, the French, even the freakin’ Cubans seem to be doing a better job of caring for their people than we are. The difference is, they don’t do it for profit.

Oh, I know, some will say those doctors are getting screwed in those countries. Well, tell that to the British doctor who lives in a $500,000 house, earns somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000 a year, and drives a nicer Audi than I ever will. For God’s sake, even former PM Margaret Thatcher–who was as close to Ronald Reagan as any politician–pledged to preserve the British National Health Service.

When will we as a people–not “me” as a capitalist–say we’ve had enough and demand universal coverage? How many more people will have to die because some insurance company employee says “we disagree with your doctors (who have examined you) and don’t think you need this treatment” before we say we’ve had enough? Why is it we’re providing better health care to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay than we are to our own citizens?

How sick are we that we haven’t already said “enough!”?


One Response to “SiCKO”

  1. ClapSo June 18, 2007 at 9:43 pm #

    Too many of us believe the lie that the “US has the best health care system in the world.” This lie is maintained by the thieves in the “health care” corporate board rooms. Hopefully Moore’s film will finally wake enough people up to our systems failure that we will get change. BT i wouldn’t count on it…

    The scientifically impossible I do right away
    The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

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