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 ***** fail*****g the people who need it most. There is no surprise in that simple statement, for most ***** 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 ***** the reform can be achieved. Moore thus plays off an already existing concern about high costs, poor insur*****ce coverage, discrimination on the basis of economic status, and medical decisions being made not by *****c*****rs but by insurers more interested in saving money than in good health *****. The film is shaped around the investigations of the filmmaker and ***** anecdotal evidence from ***** who hade been m*****treated by ***** system, or at least ***** believe they ***** *****. There are a number of reasons to accept what is said in the film, and ***** ***** not to ***** all that is said ***** the film.

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

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


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