04 Jan


Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: A+

It’s very rare that I give a movie an A+.  I can’t even remember the last time I did it.  But Sicko totally deserves it.  This movie takes a very complex topic, and makes it totally easy to understand.  And it does it in a way that is not only entertaining, but enlightening!  Michael Moore is a documentary genius.  What I love about his latest effort in Sicko is that while he’s making the movie he’s totally putting forth a work of humanitarianism.  He helps several people get the health care that they’ve been denied by taking them to, of all places, Cuba!

Sicko looks at the American health care system.  It’s a system that is dysfunctional at best.  We pay way too high premiums for our health insurance, and still have to pay deductibles and co-pays, and even after all that we’re often denied the services we desperately need.  The alternative?  A universal health care system like they have in England, France, Canada – and yes, Cuba!  Moore addresses all the “socialized medicine” fears that the government has instilled into us over the years, and takes us to these other countries to compare.  Wow.  It’s a very effective approach.

I think this movie will affect people in one of two ways.  It will either make them want to move to a foreign country – as many Americans have already done, and it’s very tempting to do!  Or it will make them want to stand up and fight for what should be a basic human right: affordable health care available to everyone in the U.S.

In California we have a proposal for a Universal Health Care Plan: Senate Bill 840.  Unfortunately, our governor has already vetoed it once – but we’re trying again with a grassroots effort.  For more information, go to the website: http://www.OneCareNow.org

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