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Pay no attention to the people behind the curtain

Thursday, July 05, 2007


We ventured into the people's republik of the East Side yesterday to see SiCKO. It was depressing.

Michael Moore presented case after case of Americans being turned away--sometimes literally dumped out of a cab--from health care. He interspersed that with case after case of no one going untreated in country after country all over the world.

As I said--depressing.

No doubt Moore played up what he wanted to--it was funny, for example, how all of the doctors in the other countries were so young and so handsome. But the film does serve to reinforce the notion that the way we do health care in this country is uniquely American. But also uniquely depressing.

And, for irony: I twisted my ankle on the way in. Nothing that Advil and ice isn't helping, but still--nothing like watching a movie about how the US insurance industry will kill you while in pain.

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