Michael Moore's Sicko
Of all Michael Moore's movies I've watched, this one was the most effective. I must have cried three or four times during this movie. I'm not going to ruin the movie, but I was amazed at how successful "universal health care systems" worked in other countries. I was also appalled by the cost of drugs here compared to everywhere else (London, approximately $10.00, and $0.05 for an inhaler in Cuba compared to a whopping $126.00). Something has to change. I'm also a believer that drug ads should not be broadcasted on television ("Ask your doctor if you have..."). Hopefully, we have a better president who will care about this issue in 2008. The candidate who focuses on healthcare will definitely have my vote.
Of course critics of Michael Moore and universal health care programs will say things like "these programs will cost more," but the fact of the matter is that, in the long run, we pay more. We have to pay for our education ($60,00 - $100,000), and add to that health insurance ($2,500 - $3,000), and don't forget if you own a car (another $3,000). Insurance is like an investment. You have to be insured because if you don't, they jack the rates up. I just read something in BusinessWeek about early retirement advice, and they recommend what insurances to get at what life stage your're in (20's, 30's, 40's, etc.). There's even a stint about insurance for insurance (just in case you live longer and your nest egg runs out). How ridiculous is that?
I just read an article in the New York TImes about Freelancers Union. They offer affordable insurance to freelance workers.
Here are some interesting links.
Link to a Blue Cross PR Rep's analysis of Sicko and his talking points... Michael Moore actually challenges the CEO of Blue Cross to a debate.
Anyway, the movie is good, and it reminds me of what Linda Stone lectured about in Red's class. We have the power, as consumers.