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Michael Moore's new documentary has the tagline "This may hurt a little," which is an understatement. Sicko -- which opened in limited theaters on June 29th, is both shocking and enlightening.

Sicko deals with the failures of the American healthcare systems head-on like most of Moore's films. Uncanny to a Moore documentary, Sicko is unbiased as he can be without convincing his audience to stand behind the position he stands firmly behind.

The documentary begins with Moore garnering sympathy from his viewers with real life causalities and sick Americans. Doug Noe whose insurance provider, Cigna Healthcare, approved a cochlear ear implant for only the left ear of Noe's daughter, Tracy Pierce who died from kidney cancer after his insurer denied a possibly life-saving bone-marrow transplant, and one woman's whose insurance provider denied coverage after an operation, because she didn't mention a previous yeast infection are just a few of the bevy of examples of what the Svengali s of American health-care have put the America's sick through.

Moore compares the American heath-care system to social health-care systems in countries like, Canada, London, France (#1 in Healthcare according to Moore) and even Cuba. It's shocking to view the benefits of living in a country such as France, where there work week is at the most 35 hours a week, they receive 5 or more weeks of paid vacations, and health-care for free. At one point Moore and a group of sick Americans in dire need of medical attention enter a pharmacy in Cuba, a woman volunteer in the 911 rescue efforts tears up when she finds that the inhaler she pays $120 in the United States is about 5 cents in Cuba, of all places. It is in Cuba that these people receive the medical attention they need, at no cost.

In his sarcastic tone Moore says "the United States slipped to 37 in health care around the world, just slightly ahead of Slovenia." But as the "richest" country in the world, a country where people are endangering their lives to enter, a country that is envied around the world, should we really be laughing at this startling statistic, or doing something to change it.

At just over two hours Sicko is never tedious and keeps the view interested and at times appalled at the information that is being force fed to them. Sicko is an enlightening, must see film for any American regardless of race, creed, or sexual orientation. Americans rich or poor, insured or not insured need to see Sicko and begin to form their own opinion of the American health-care system, it is then that we can begin to change the fact that we are the only country in the world with no free health-care.

Moore ends the film by offering this advice to his audience, "You know when we see a good idea from a another country we grab it. If they build a better car, we drive it. If they make a better wine we drink it. So if they've come up with a better way to treat the sick, to teach their kids, to take care of their babies, to simply be good to each other, than what's our problem, why can't we do that? They live in a world of we, not me, we'll never fix anything to we get that one basic thing right, and powerful forces hope we never do. If we ever did remove the choke-hold of medical bills, college loans, daycare and everything else that makes us afraid to step out of line, well watch out because it would be a new day in America."



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Kendrick Daye is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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