Essay - Sicko the Movie Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007) is a Documentary...


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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 ***** of reform, ***** efforts to do so have been offered for some time, though not developed enough to make people believe ***** the ***** can be achieved. ***** thus plays off an ***** existing concern about high costs, poor insurance coverage, discrimination on the basis of economic status, and medical decisions *****ing made not by *****c*****rs but by insurers more interested in sav*****g money than in good health *****. The film is shaped around ***** investigations ***** the filmmaker and around anecdotal evidence from people who hade been m*****treated ***** the system, or at least who believe they have been. There are a number of reasons to accept what is said in the film, ***** ***** reasons not to accept all that is said ***** the *****.

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

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

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