Having a 2.5 year old daughter suffering from a rare blood disorder and needed monthly medical treatment (it's getting better; it used to be a weekly ordeal), Michael Moore's 'Sicko' documentary really hits very close to home. I am very very thankful that I live in Canada were we believe that health care is a RIGHT, not a PRIVILEGE. Sure, our system is not perfect, and there's always ways to improve it. But reading on ITP forums (what my child is diagnosed with) and hearing about similar cases from the States where each 'treatment' costs the family $5,000 in fees, and being forced to just rely on the grace of God for their child to survive, because some of the treatments are not covered by their insurance, that's just not right.
Let's just say we've had so far 10 treatments with our child, and tried 4 different types of treatments before one finally responded well with her. And other then parking costs and time off work, everything was paid for. So to hear the stories in Sicko about people, WITH INSURANCE, that get denied certain coverage, resulting in their death, made me sick to my stomach. As Moore says at the beginning, 'this film isn't about the 50 million people WITHOUT insurance. It's about the 250 million WITH insurance.' and to hear how insurance companies advance and promote doctors that 'deny' the most cases left me shell shocked. A top doctor is one who DENIES the most people, or finds the most LOOPHOLES? what kind of a sick society is this?
This is one powerful documentary, and even exposes hypocrisy among the democrats, not just the republicans. How Hillary Clinton used to pitch universal health care program, until she was bribed to shut up and drop that goal by none other than the health insurance lobbyists in Washington.
I'm sure this film will flood the internet chat boards and talking heads news shows with the typical rebuttal that 'Michael Moore is a communist, Michael Moore is an American-hating fat pig, etc...', that is until they discover cancer or other major illness to a close loved one. Until they have to go thru it, most American think they have 'the greatest Health care system in the world' - top doctors, top equipment. Until you get the dreaded 'denied coverage' letter. then your whole life crumbles.
A quick warning though. Some of the stories in Sicko will leave you shocked, disgusted, and a couple will even bring you to tears (what kind of a sick f**k doctor would say they can only insure to correct hearing from ONE ear of a 3 year old girl, not both ears????), but it's a film that needs to be seen.