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The movie Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007) is a documentary about the health care system in ***** Untied States and how it ***** fail*****g the people who need it most. There is no surpr*****e in that simple statement, for ***** ***** already see the health ***** system as in need of reform, and 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 insur*****ce coverage, discrimination on the b*****is of economic status, and medical decisions being made not by doctors but by insurers more interested in saving money than in good health care. The film is shaped around ***** ********** ***** the filmmaker and around anecdotal evidence from ***** who hade been mistreated by the system, or at least who believe they have *****. There are a number of reasons to accept wh***** is said in the film, and some reasons ***** to accept 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 ***** denied procedures not for ***** reasons but because an insurance company bureaucrat makes a ruling that is apparently based only on money and not on sound medical advice. The way money plays a role ***** made most apparent in the story ***** the man ***** had to decide which f*****ger to have reattached ***** on cost. Medical science has made great advances, ***** too often whether those advances are used at all is not based only on the need but on ability to pay. Insurance has l*****g been offered as the way to assure th***** when a cr*****is occurs ***** a procedure is *****ed, ***** will be a way to pay for it. What ***** seen too ***** is that ***** insurance ***** wants to lim***** ********** for those who need them. ***** supposed ideal is that all people pay into a pool by buying insurance, and those in need take ***** that ***** when they need to do so. The pool remains viable ********** most ***** ***** not need to ***** advantage of it, while they ***** paying ***** be able to take ***** of it when ***** need ***** do so. ***** companies have become huge corporations w*****h stockholders who have to be served. Insurance ***** pretend that they exist only to serve their customers, but in fact ***** more ***** more serve their ***** and not their customers. Other stories of denial of service ***** much the same aura ***** this film.

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


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