Professor Stephen Boston
October 22, 2008
Sicko, by Michael Moore, exposes the health care system of the United States. Moore treks around the States talking to individuals and asking basic questions that shed light on how Americans and health care deal hand in hand. More often than not, the piece has a sarcastic tone while disclosing major problems in the United States health care system. Moore compares and contrasts American health care to Canadian, French, British, and Cuban health care systems.
In the United States, health care is a thriving business, intent to make major profits and endure minimum losses. American health care versus the health care system of other countries are by far dramatically different in many aspects. Overall, the quality of life in America and the latter countries prove to be significantly different also. Moore displays how the specific health care systems play major roles in the every day lives of these unique cultures. As in Moore’s previous film, Fahrenheit 9/11, examining the horrible terrorist attacks on the U.S., the government’s role, secrets, and how the ordeal affected families are brought to perspective. Moore uses his passion for the truth to get to the bottom of things. Gathering data, documents, audio, and video, Sicko is one more step toward creating and/or bettering America’s poor health care system. Cigna, Humana, Aetna, Kaiser, Permanente, Blue Cross-Blue Shield are just a handful of insurance companies trying to get the average American’s attention. As in any business there is competition. Sicko incorporates more than a few commercials luring Americans to invest in insurance products or pharmaceutical drugs. On February 17 1971, President Richard Nixon and John Ehrikhman discussed health maintenance organizations (HMO’s) that set the tone for American health care: less care equals more money....