Michael Moore's new documentary "Sicko" is due in theaters next Friday. The movie is an indictment of our broken health care system. The film maker reviews the problems created by our system of private insurance providers and highlights one of my salient points: these companies aren't in business to provide you with health care coverage or pay for your care. They are in business to make a profit. If you think the "Blues" aren't in this to make money check their "non profit" financial statements sometime.
"Sicko" documents some cases of failed health care. He concentrates on the profit motivations of denying care to the sick and injured. He shows how greedy insurance companies don't really care if you get well or receive medical treatment. Under law their only motivation for being is to make a profit for their owners and shareholders. If that means denying treatment for a cancer patient so be it.
Health care reform is an issue close to my heart. I was victimized by one of these corporations (CIGNA) after suffering a serious injury. The litigation, costs, unpaid medical bills, denial of coverage issues, etc. went on and on for years then they abruptly simply ceased paying for all coverage of my injuries. The system truly is broken and this is why I'm such a relentless advocate for single payer, universal health care. I'll be the first to admit I hate insurance companies. Once they've victimized you when you're least able to deal with their attempts to make you suffer worse you'll understand where I'm coming from on this issue.
You can see a sneak preview of "Sicko" at theaters tomorrow. Here is a list where it will be available. Be sure you go see this film and talk about it with those you know. It's imperative we impose drastic reforms on this industry because people are dying. I saw a statistic last night that said over 18,000 die every year in this country because they don't have medical insurance. Others die in spite of having it. It's a national scandal and Michael Moore exposes it in "Sicko."