Laurie's Reel Thing Review: SiCKO

Funny, sad, and yes, scary. That’s how I’d describe Michael Moore’s (“Bowling for Columbine,” “Fahrenheit 911,” etc.) latest documentary, SiCKO and its attempt to take the temperature of the US health care system (Hint: It’s not feeling too good).

I know that Moore has his own agenda to pursue and facts can be spun in a variety of ways, but his look at the current system (or lack thereof) and its dependence upon the big health care companies’ profit model (as opposed to the “taking care of sick people, no matter what their coverage or means” model) is sobering indeed. I, for one, am glad he’s shining a light on and provoking discussion about this issue because I think it’s one we need to examine more carefully.

Unlike the over 50 million Americans without it, my family is fortunate to have pretty decent health care coverage. But I have seen firsthand how health care costs can quickly spiral out of control and threaten to wipe out someone’s life savings, and so I can’t help but think that there has got to be a better way. When the first thing one worries about after receiving a diagnosis is how to pay for medical care, or when one’s ability to pay directly affects their well-being or even very survival, something’s just not right.

As Moore suggests in the film (I’m paraphrasing here) a society’s worth can be measured by how well it takes care of its weakest members (in this case, the sick and the poor). If this is so, it seems like we have a lot of work to do.

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