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January 06, 2008

The movie Sicko, by Michael Moore

Watched "Sicko" by Michael Moore the other night, and I was quite stunned by what I saw. I live in Canada, a country where health care is publicly funded and administered by each province. My home country Sweden has a perhaps even broader health care system, where the entire population has an equal access to health care. I am not saying these systems are perfect or without problems, but compared to the health care system the U.S.A seems to have, it's quite the bees knees.

The way Moore demonstrates what he believes is corruption and decay is very persuasive and shocking. Doctors are getting bonuses for denying coverage, people die as a result, the health care companies' profits are soaring. It's saddening to watch, to say the least. What the movie shows is completely immoral and if this information is true, then I think what is happening is on par with war crimes.

Michael Moore often gets accused for propagandizing, and even if that were to be true, there is no denying that there is a problem. In the U.S., is saving money is more important the health of the general population? For us non-US people, this movie reveals disturbing information and it is hard to understand how this all came about (Moore tries to explain this too).

I kept shaking my head when I watched the movie, wondering how it's possible that the health care situation continues to stay this way in "the land of the free". If you haven't seen this movie, you should. It is very well done, and regardless of how you feel about Michael Moore, there's no denying there are people suffering in this system. Perhaps this movie can get an honest discussion started towards improving the health care system in the United States of America.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on January 06, 2008

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