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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

SICKO is Slicko

I finally saw Michael Moore's latest film SICKO this week. I think it's the best so far. I especially liked the bits in France and the UK.

Of course he's ruthless and manipulative in making his points - why not? They need to be made.

Of course he uses the loaded question to humiliate a few souls - why not? They need to wake up.

It's mostly about the appalling state of public health care in the United States, but in an odd way, it's really about humanity and peace. (Okay, that's corny but how would you describe it?)

Out of 5 health care plans, I give it a 4.5.

The state of public health care in America IS appalling. As you know, I work in the hospice field. The Medicare benefit for hospice is $120 a day. That has to pay for ALL the patient's hospice care--hospice, drugs, medical equipment, etc. Naturally, since patients are dying of a terminal illness when they're on hospice, this doesn't even scratch the surface.

One of my friends said that it's pretty bad that in the most prosperous nation in the world, people are reduced to dying on $120 a day.
I still haven't seen it but would love to.
I thought it was very good, too. I think he used less humor in this one, but it still worked.

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