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

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

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

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