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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 surpr*****e in that simple statement, for most people 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 ***** the ***** 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 *****ing made not by *****c*****rs but by insurers more interested in sav*****g money than in good health care. The film is shaped around ***** investigations ***** the filmmaker and ***** anecdotal evidence from people who hade been mistreated by ***** system, or at least ***** believe they ***** *****. *****re are a number of reasons to accept wh***** is said in the film, and some ***** not to accept all that is said ***** the *****.

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

At the same time, *****re is ***** reason to question these ***** tales not *****cause 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 m*****e in-depth examination of the system as a whole.

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