Essay - Sicko the Movie Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007) is a Documentary...


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***** movie Sicko (Michael Moore, 2007) is a documentary about the health care system in ***** Untied States and how it is fail*****g the people who need it most. There is no surprise in that simple statement, for most people already see the health ***** system as in ***** of reform, ***** efforts to do so have been offered for some time, though not developed enough to make people believe ***** the ***** 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 being made not by doctors but by insurers more interested in saving money than in good health care. The film is shaped around the investigations of the filmmaker and around anecdotal evidence from people who hade been mistreated ***** ***** system, or at least ***** believe they have been. There are a number of reasons to accept what is said in the film, and some reasons ***** to ***** all that is said in the *****.

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

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

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