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 ***** ***** already see the health care system as in ***** of reform, ***** efforts to do so have been offered for some time, though not developed enough to make people believe ***** ***** reform can be achieved. Moore thus plays off an ***** existing concern about high costs, poor insurance coverage, discrimination on the basis of economic status, and medical decisions being made not by *****ctors but by insurers more interested in saving money than in good health *****. The film is shaped around the investigations ***** the filmmaker and around anecdotal evidence from ***** who hade been m*****treated by the system, or at least ***** believe they have *****. There are a number of reasons to accept what is said in the film, ***** ***** reasons not to ***** all that ***** said in the *****.

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

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


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