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***** movie Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007) is a documentary about the health care system in ***** Untied States and how it ***** failing the people who need ***** 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 ***** ***** reform can be achieved. Moore thus plays off an ***** existing concern about high costs, poor insurance coverage, discrimination on the basis of economic status, and medical decisions being made not by doctors but by insurers more interested in saving money than in good health *****. The film is shaped around ***** *****vestigations of the filmmaker and ***** anecdotal evidence from ***** who hade been mistreated ***** the system, or at least ***** believe they have been. *****re are a number of reasons to accept wh***** is said in the film, ***** some reasons ***** to ***** all that ***** said in the film.

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

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

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