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More on Moore's Sicko July 1, 2007

Posted by truthspew in health care, Michael Moore, Outlook 2007, Sicko.
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Seems Michael Moore gave a special showing of Sicko to members of Congress. In the attached video he also laid out the basis for us to go to a national health insurance system. I support that idea. It would make my life easier. I could basically work anywhere I wanted without having to worry about cost of health care for myself and Keyron.

When I think about it, I’d be more likely to take my small business up a notch if that came to pass.

The bill is only twenty six pages in pdf format. It’s a little bit on the light side, but I can tell you now that I don’t see H676 ever seeing the light of day. I say that because there’s an entrenched system of insurers and billing companies out there that would simply have to be dissolved were such a bill to pass both houses and then be signed by the president.

Lots of jobs would be lost though most of those losing their jobs would be low skilled people. All the folks with more advanced degrees and such would be covered, and probably absorbed into the new system. But the nice thing is, even those low skilled people would have health coverage under a national system.

But the biggest dog is the insurance industry. When you think about insurance you see that it is a game. They won’t insure you if you’re any type of risk at all, which is why I find the linking of credit rating to insurance prices to be ridiculous. But health insurers are the worst since they can deny you for the most ludicrous reasons, like calling a newly found cancer a pre-existing condition. The health care insurance system should be dismantled since in its current form it does not serve the people, only the shareholders.

And if you’re one of those people who believes the myths about nationalized health systems I suggest you watch the movie. You might be surprised about how our own government screws us over in the United States.

The bill sponsored by Conyers, Kucinich, et al goes a way toward resolving that. So write or call your representatives and ask them to support h676. Granted, your voice or letter might not carry the same weight as the promise of campaign dollars, but if enough of us lift our voices in outrage maybe they’ll realize that they serve us, not corporations.


Michael Moore's Sicko is on the net June 18, 2007

Posted by truthspew in Michael Moore, Sicko.
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You can watch it right here. It’s a few minutes over two hours but worth watching.

You’ll hear Republicans excoriate socialized medicine but they don’t want to admit that we already have socialized programs in the U.S. As Moore points out, schools, fire and police, etc. are all social programs. And I’ll go further, so too is Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

But explain to me how in Britain, even with their high taxes (Which btw are pretty close to what ours are here in the U.S. once you add it all up.) a doctor working for the National Health Service as a general practitioner can make over $200K a year, live in a nice home, drive a nice car, and be happy? Not only is he happy, the people are too. It gets better, in Britain prescriptions are a uniform $10 in U.S. dollar regardless of quantity dispenses. And people under 16 and over 60 don’t pay a dime for prescriptions. Compare that to Medicare Part-D in the United States.

Or how about in Canada, where Tommy Douglas started their national health system. Of course you’ll always hear people, mostly Republicans go on and on about the evils of nationalized health care but the reality is something far different. And in Canada the average wait for emergency care is twenty to forty-five minutes. Try that here in the U.S. with the best insurance.

The most telling moment was when one gentleman in the film stated you could use money to start wars or to help people it became immediately clear to me what the problem was in the United States. We let for-profit companies run the show. And anytime a profit motive enters the picture, concern for the people goes out the door.

Instead concern is about the almighty dollar. Yet if they continue on this course, they’ll bankrupt this country sooner than later and create paupers of us all, with the exception of that 1% holding all the wealth.

If we want to effect real change in the United States we first have to start by stripping corporations of their alleged rights. I propose amending the United States Constitution to strip corporate entities of any rights conferred by the Bill of Rights. They deserve no such protections.

Were this to happen we’d see a few things, like truth in advertising. There’s one I’m sure we’d all like to see. We’d also see an end to political lobbying. I dislike using the word lobby since it’s been tainted for so long. Let’s call it what it really is, bribery.

Another quote is that in countries like France, where the work week is thirty five hours, they get five weeks of vacation, paid maternity leave, and all sorts of other benefits the government is afraid of the PEOPLE, instead of the PEOPLE being afraid of the GOVERNMENT. Here in the U.S. we’re the latter and we shouldn’t be.

Lets stop the craziness. The question is how do we send a clear message to our ELECTED representatives? One way is massive letter writing campaigns but they can ignore that since we don’t finance their campaigns. Another way would be to sit out elections but that doesn’t sit well with me.

I always say if the news on both local and national level reported on what was really going on in the U.S. you’d have rioting in the streets. And I remember that Benjamin Franklin said “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” I also don’t recall who said that the price of liberty was the blood of patriots but they knew despots and anarchy.