I make it a point not to indirectly send money to Michael Moore by seeing any of his movies. However, I will read reviews so that I can keep up with the “talk” around town. Read this one. Michael Tanner starts with a very telling quote:
Time magazine reviewer Richard Corliss rejoiced, “The upside of this populist documentary is that there are no policy wonks crunching numbers.”
Wouldn’t want anyone messing up Moore’s fantasy with . . . facts.
After noting that a) sure, we have problems, but b) the 47million uninsured in this country are often eligible for medicaid or are only temporarily uninsured and c) even those that are uninsured get health care in this country.
Hospitals are legally obliged to provide care regardless of ability to pay, and while physicians don’t face the same requirements, few are willing to deny treatment because a patient lacks insurance. Treatment for the uninsured may well mean financial hardship, but by and large they do get care.
Also his examples in Canada and the UK, never mention the long waiting lists or the people around the world that specifically fly here to get treatment. It’s worth a read.