Saturday 8 December 2007

Sicko (2007) - ickleReview (HD)

Michael Moore documentary about the health care system in the USA. He compares the American system of private health insurance with the socialized health care (free at the point of need) in Canada, the UK, France, and Cuba. He meets a number of US citizens, including 9/11 volunteer rescue workers, who have been denied service by their health insurance companies or cannot afford to pay the hospital and doctors' bills. In the US, health care is not universal and is not free. The health insurance companies want to make profits, even if that means denying their clients access to treatments that could save their lives. It's no wonder such a system lets people down. This system was introduced by the Nixon administration in 1971 and Hillary Clinton failed to deliver the reforms that she promised when she was Bill's First Lady. And now she's running for president - on that record?

Moore has seemingly heeded criticism of his earlier films, particularly Fahrenheit 9/11, when he appeared too prominently (for some) in front of camera. In Sicko, he doesn't feature until 45 minutes in. His confrontational stunts are also less gimmicky, but I won't spoil any of them for you by revealing what they are. To have the greatest impact, it's best not to know too much about the content.

Nugget: certainly back up to the standard of Roger & Me and Bowling for Columbine.

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