Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Over the weekend I finally saw the Michael Moore's movie SiCKO. I had wanted to see it when it came out but didn't make it to the theater when it was playing. and it had popped into my head again a week or two ago when it was available "On Demand" on our cable box. I was SHOCKED when my roommate came home from the movie rental store with it amongst her choices and asked if there were any of the movies that she brought home that I was interested in seeing...

Let me start this off by saying that I'm not attempting to "review" this movie and admitting that I am a fan of the other Michael Moore documentaries that I've seen including Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11.

I like the satirical approach that Michael Moore takes to asking questions that I would have never thought to ask. I appreciate his incredibly sarcastic and dark style of wit and humor. I AM, however, the type of person who likes to attempt to do my own research when trying to formulate opinions on controversial issues. I don't like to just take someone else's opinion as fact. I tend to like his movies because they make me think. They make me wonder why things are the way they are instead of just ignoring what's going on.

SiCKO was another one of those movies that made me think. It seemed to bring up the questions:

* Why does America have a health care system that is focused on little more than profit?

* How do you hold organizations accountable that benefit financially from not paying for adequate care for the people that pay into them?

*Why do these organizations have departments that look to invalidate claims and claim "fraud" over "preexisting conditions" instead of having a trusted network of doctors that do what is medically necessary and are compensated fairly for their work?

* Why do Americans with health care insurance of some sort feel comfortable letting "for profit" corporations "take care" of them?

There are a MILLION more questions raised by the movie so I'm recommending that you go rent it and ask some questions.

I'm going to leave you with a a blog and a review of the movie that I found interesting.

* Frank Robbins: "Sicko"

* KPBS Movie Reviews: "Sicko"

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