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***** 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 surpr*****e in that simple statement, for ***** people 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 ***** the reform can be achieved. Moore 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 around anecdotal evidence from ***** who hade been m*****treated ***** ***** system, or at least who believe they ***** *****. *****re are a number of reasons to accept wh***** is said in the film, and some ***** not to ***** all that ***** said ***** the *****.

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

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

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