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Re: [humanism-174] Sicko

From: ken
Sent on: Wednesday, August 8, 2007 11:47 AM

Thanks for the note.  People I went with were already in favor of
national healthcare so I missed seeing the effect the flick would have
on opponents.  What you say is really heartening.  Thanks to your words,
I'm going to start recommending that people take issue opponents along
to see this flick.  The system we have now is carefully constructed to
ensure that insurance and pharmaceutical companies make big profits.
The health of the people of this country is a secondary consideration,
if it's a consideration at all.  The political problems are that (1)
these corporations, with their deep pockets, are able to buy the
Congress and the Presidency (e.g., Kucinich is the only Presidential
candidate I'm aware of who is completely unambiguous about, and on the
record for, national healthcare), (2) with the same aforementioned
monies, the major media are either silent on the issue or partial
towards the status quo, and (3) the general public is largely ignorant
of the issue or misinformed and swayed by ideology and half-truths and
other propaganda manufactured by stakeholders in Capitalist Med, i.e.,
the status quo.

Regarding (3), the general public is wising up slowly.  Several months
ago I heard that a poll found healthcare to be the primary concern of
voters, yes, even above the war in Iraq.  Sicko should go quite a way
towards informing the public as well.  Another problem though, one
arising from demands for national healthcare, is that plans/legislation
are being offered up which *claim* to be national healthcare, but which
only serve the interests of Capitalist Med.  Recent legislation, for
example, in Massachusetts simply requires younger people to buy health
insurance in much the same way that all drivers in Ohio and other states
are required to buy car insurance.  (Proponents gave it the label
"universal healthcare" and in that disguise got it through.)
Guaranteeing insurance companies more customers is simply not going to
improve healthcare *or* lower costs.  Indeed, it's much more another
benefit for insurance companies; geez, I'd love to have a business and
have the government require that everyone buy my product.  Wouldn't that
be nice!  The people of Massachusetts got snookered on that one.

Regarding (1) and (2)-- the deep pockets they have-- I don't know what
to say.  Most voters don't vote for the candidate who's voting record
they admire and support, but rather an Image they see and hear in the
media.  Such an Image costs big money... and where does this big money
come from?  (Rhetorical question.)

If voters were smart enough, the Image and so too the Big Money wouldn't
matter (assuming, of course, that our votes actually count in
elections).  But I don't have that much faith in the intelligence of the
electorate.  I'd absolutely *love* to be proven wrong.

On 08/07/[masked]:22 PM somebody named Michael wrote:
> I saw Sicko with a group of friends, most of which were not willing to
> entertain the idea of universal health care in the U.S. seriously. 
> Afterwards, their minds had changed.  One friend remarked that the movie
> made her feel "Angry, humiliated, terrified and hopeful all in 2
> hours."  I have to agree with that sentiment.  Michael Moore does a
> remarkable job hammering home just how preposterous it is that the
> world's lone superpower forces it's people to live in such conditions. 
> Go see it.  It's deffinetly worth it.
> Michael
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