A Fool of Myself

#36: Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth.

I’m sorry for all the reviews this weekend, but what can I say, we’re actually relaxing this weekend. Besides going to Kai Saturday night, Chris and I also went to the Moxie to watch Michael Moore’s Sicko.

If you’re not one for late night television, you might not have heard much about this film, but I’d like to think you’re familiar with Michael Moore and his other work (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Roger & Me, etc.).

Anyway, Sicko is Moore’s commentary on the United States’ health care and insurance systems. We really don’t hear from any of the 50 million people who don’t have health insurance; instead, we hear from those who do have health insurance and their trials in getting their health care needs approved. Moore paints the picture of the problems with our health care, namely that it’s privatized and that despite some efforts by our government to return to public health care, health care companies pay millions of dollars to buy the votes of our lawmakers.

Once we understand these problems, Moore takes us to Canada, Britain, France, and Cuba to let us see how happy the Canadians, British, French, and Cubans are with their respective countries’ health systems.

Clearly, the purpose of Moore’s movie is to sway us toward publicized health care, and he thoroughly convinced me to think about the future of health care in the U.S. Besides asking Chris if we could move to Vancouver during the intermission, I was ready to march into the street and do something to make this problem go away.

After sleeping on it and discussing it with my compadres, I’m ready to do my own research. I want to know the other side of the story, and I want to know what candidates in the upcoming election are doing to address the issue.

Every American, regardless of their health insurance status, should watch this movie and consider what Moore presents. Sicko shows at the Moxie for the last time on Tuesday, September 4, at 7 PM and is already available on DVD.

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“Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth.” — Martin H. Fischer