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The movie Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007) is a documentary about the health care system in ***** Untied States and how it ***** failing the people who need it most. There is no surpr*****e in that simple statement, for ***** people already see the health care 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 that the reform 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 *****c*****rs but by insurers more interested in saving money than in good health care. The film is shaped around ***** investigations ***** the filmmaker and around anecdotal evidence from people who hade been m*****treated by ***** system, or at least ***** believe they ***** *****. *****re are a number of reasons to accept what is said in the film, ***** some reasons ***** to accept all that ***** said ***** the *****.

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

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

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