Friday, June 15, 2007


Another set of clips from Michael Moore's upcoming Sicko, with a cast of characters (the second clip) ranging from Richard Nixon to the AMA to Ronald Reagan. The first clip tells the story of a woman, an ICU nurse at a major hospital, who fought to get her husband's treatment for kidney cancer. It contains the confession of a woman whose job it was to deny care to sick people, even when it was an unnecessary death sentence.

If the second clip doesn't piss you off, you're brain dead. The juxtaposition of Richard Nixon meeting with a corporate medical man to discuss limiting care for the American people, then telling us the very next day that he has a "new plan" for improved care for all is sickening. If you're unconcerned about health care, or if you think you've got yours, so all is well, please watch these.

I think we are about as safe as we can get with my vested self-pay insurance from the State of Oklahoma (at $750 a month) and my husband's Medicare. But I worry about the rest of you, about my extended family, my friends. I remember my stepdaughter's inability to get treatment for a broken neck ~ no insurance ~ and I think this could happen to anyone. Private company, one of the chronic ailments, and *poof* you're uninsured and broke and maybe dead. Please care about this issue, people. It affects all of us.

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Blogger Willym said...

Here in Canada we bitch and complain about the waits in ER, the waits for surgery, the waits for an appointment with a specialist, the inability to find a family doctor and the nursing shortage. Much of it is true but we forget that most of us can simply present a provincial medical card and never see a bill. Sadly our once superb state run medicare system is overtaxed but it still works.

When I see something like Sicko (even just the clips and things I've read)I say a big thank you to Tommy Douglas (Keifer Sutherland's grandfather and a great political figure in the days when you could trust politicians) and people like my mother and father who faught and demonstrated for Universal medicare.

June 15, 2007 10:05 AM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

Can't wait to see this. Thanks.

June 15, 2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger Willym said...

and faught would be the past indicative of fought.... duh don't know here my mind is the past few days....

June 15, 2007 12:15 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

your mind's on wedding bells, darling, and sunny rome.

i find that as i advance on cronehood, my previously perfect typing has become far less so. i'm constantly replacing words ~ hope for hop, etc ~ and making typos. not that you're old :-) like me. . . .

June 15, 2007 12:38 PM  
Anonymous tater said...

You are never going to be a crone girl, NEVER. You are far too warm hearted and sweet.

June 15, 2007 12:54 PM  
Blogger angelfish24 said...

I will see this movie too. Health care sucks in this country. I'm lucky I don't have any major illness yet but if I do I am scared what I will have to pay.

June 15, 2007 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for mentioning this issue. It's terrible... many patients I see don't have insurance or have insurance contracts that simply don't cover certain things. It's so important to know exactly what the contract stipulates, and no one ever does.

That said, many states have really good Medicaid programs for people who are uninsured. The one here in Wisconsin is pretty great coverage, actually.

It sucks that insurance companies are looking to make money from the misfortune of others. I long for the day when universal health care is offered.

Madison, WI

June 16, 2007 12:14 PM  
Blogger eric3000 said...

I'm interested to see how serious the Democratic presidential candidates are about universal health-care.

June 16, 2007 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Lori Madison said...


I have been really concerned with this issue for sometime but I feel helpless, I don't know what I can do to make things better. I don't think I would be able to handle this movie, I think it would put me in a perpetual state of panic.

June 18, 2007 6:24 PM  

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