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6/24/2007

Sicko medical system debated

Michael Moore’s film SiCKO, which premieres June 29, will be used as a propaganda piece for those who say “It’s time for Guaranteed Healthcare in America.” The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee will join other nursing organizations that are hosting 3,000 screenings.

A press conference on Capitol Hill featured clips as well as testimony from individuals featured in the film and congressmen who favor greater government involvement in medicine.

Moore wants to remove the profit motive from medicine and to eliminate insurance companies. He thinks that the proposals of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards don’t go nearly far enough. Showing Cuban doctors scurrying around to care for some 9/11 rescue workers that he brought over in a commandeered fishing boat, Moore suggests that Cubans live longer than Americans—and because of their wonderful socialized health care.

Film maker Stuart Browning is firing back with a new internet movie debunking one of the central premises of Moore’s “docutribe”: that 45 million Americans have no health insurance—and no access to medical care. The 9-minute film can be viewed at www.freemarketcure.com, along with some short pieces portraying the reality of rationing in Canada—including The Lemon, which shows what the Canadian system has in common with the Soviet-era economies that produced the Trabant.

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