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The movie Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007) is a documentary about the health care system in the Untied States and how it is fail*****g the people who need it most. There is no surprise in that simple statement, for ***** ***** already see the health care system as in need of reform, ***** efforts to do so have been offered for some time, though not developed enough to make people believe ***** ***** ***** can be achieved. ***** thus plays off an already existing concern about high costs, poor insurance coverage, discrimination on the b*****is of economic status, and medical decisions *****ing made not by doc*****rs but by insurers more interested in saving money than in good health *****. The film is shaped around the investigations ***** the filmmaker and ***** anecdotal evidence from ***** who hade been m*****treated ***** the system, or at least ***** believe they have *****. *****re are a number of reasons to accept wh***** is said in the film, and some ***** not to ***** all that is said in the film.

***** many of ***** people interviewed, there is evidence ***** ***** are telling the truth and that they have been mistreated, usually by being denied procedures ***** for medical reasons but because an ***** comp*****y bureaucrat makes a ruling ***** is apparently based only on ***** and not on sound ***** advice. The way m*****ey plays a role is made most apparent in the story of the man who had to decide which finger ***** have reattached based on cost. Medical science has made great advances, ***** too often whe*****r those advances are used at all is not based only on the ***** but ***** ability to pay. Insurance has long been offered as the way to assure that when a cr*****is occurs and a procedure is needed, *****re will be a way ***** pay for it. What is seen too often ***** that the insurance company wants to lim***** ********** for ***** ***** need them. ***** supposed ideal is that all ***** pay into a pool by buying insurance, and those in ***** take ***** that pool when they need to do so. The pool rema*****s viable because most people ***** not ***** to ***** advantage of it, while they are paying to be able to take ***** of it ***** they need to do so. Insurance companies have become huge corporations w*****h stockholders who have to be served. Insurance ***** pretend ***** they exist only to serve their customers, but in fact they ***** and more serve their stockholders and ***** their *****. Other stories of denial of service ***** much the same aura ***** this film.

At the ***** time, *****re is some reason to question these anecdotal tales not ***** they may not ***** true but because there is no certainty that ***** are really representative or that they may be only specific cases that might ***** belied by a more in-depth examination of the ***** as a whole.

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