Sickos and Socialized Medicine
Prepare yourself American healthcare, you have a new enemy. Villanous traitor to some, ultimate patriot to others, Michael Moore is on the war path again. This time, however, the fight is not on the front lines of Iraq but rather on the wards of the hospital. Inspired by three Canadian teenagers he met while filming Bowling for Columbine, Mr. Moore has decided that Canadians have it better when it comes to healthcare. Sensing controversy, the director has wasted no time getting the cameras rolling on his latest shock doc tentatively entitled Sicko.
While the film’s intentions are not yet clear, it is appropriate to assume (based on celluloid precedent) that they will lie diametrically opposed to the current state of affairs. Mr. Moore is a shrewd businessman who senses the dollar in every contentious statement and knows he can work the public like a cash machine if he pushes the right buttons. To be fair, his high profile arguments have ignited a newfound social interest in many important issues and will no doubt continue to do so regarding the state of healthcare presented in his new film.
Reactions to Mr. Moore’s creations tend to be divided strictly along party lines, but I am interested to see the divisions created by Sicko’s socialized premise. The majority of my friends at Vanderbilt could not praise Fahrenheit 9/11 enough, however I wonder if they will sing a different tune when Mr. Moore’s lens rests squarely on their way of life. Is socialized healthcare a feasible alternative? Do Canadians have it better? For an animated discussion of these issues look no further than the IMDB message board for the film. Just a few quotes from some of the posts:
“As an accident prone Canadian, who has used our healthcare services numerous times in the past few years, I feel lucky to have a socialized health care system.”
“Bush is an imperialistic idiot, but Kerry's running mate, John Edwards, was a malpractice attorney (and always fought on the side of the insurance companies) and made his millions off of doctors.”
And my personal favorite:
“Go drink a Molson and calm down.”
Apparently Mr. Moore is already inciting argument and he hasn’t even filmed a frame. Go dig in your closet and get out your dirtiest pair of scrubs; this is really going to get messy.