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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 ***** failing the people who need ***** most. There is no surpr*****e 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. ***** thus plays off an already existing concern about high costs, poor insurance coverage, discrimination on the b*****is of economic status, and medical decisions being made not by *****c*****rs but by insurers more interested in sav*****g money than in good health *****. The film is shaped around ***** ********** ***** the filmmaker and ***** anecdotal evidence from ***** who hade been mistreated ***** ***** system, or at least who believe they have *****. There are a number of reasons to accept wh***** is said in the film, ***** some reasons not to accept all that ***** said ***** the film.

***** many of ***** people interviewed, there is evidence ***** ***** ***** 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 medical advice. The way m*****ey plays a role ***** m*****de most apparent in the story ***** the man ***** had to decide which finger ***** ***** reattached based on cost. Medical science has made great advances, but too often whether those advances are used at all is not based only on the ***** but on ability to pay. Insurance has long been offered as the way ***** assure th***** when a cr*****is occurs ***** ***** procedure is needed, ********** will be a way to pay for it. What is seen too often ***** *****at the insurance company wants to limit payments for those who need *****m. The supposed ideal is that all ***** pay into a pool by buying insurance, and those in need take ***** that pool when they need to do so. ***** pool remains viable ********** most people ***** not ***** to take advantage of it, while they are paying ***** be able to take ***** of it ***** ***** need ***** do so. ***** 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 ***** more ***** more ***** their stockholders and ***** their *****. Other stories of denial of service have much the same aura ***** this film.

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


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