The movie Sicko is a documentery and is very truthful. Its about our healthcare system and how it is so corrupt.
There is very little wrong with our health care system that is not the direct result of government mandates, insane tax laws that tie health "insurance" to employment, and tort law gone wild.
Portraying Cuba's health care system as the panacea of the world is anything but truthful. Aint NOBODY swimming through 90 miles of shark infested water to get INTO Cuba.
I will also point you to this month's edition of Imprimis at <http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis.asp>
where Mark Steyn compares the US and Canadian economies and touches on the Canadian, socialized health care with this great snippet:
Canadian dependence on the United States is particularly true in health care, the most eminent Canadian idea looming in the American context. That is, public health care in Canada depends on private health care in the U.S. A small news story from last month illustrates this:
"A Canadian woman has given birth to extremely rare identical quadruplets. The four girls were born at a U.S. hospital because there was no space available at Canadian neonatal intensive care units. Autumn, Brook, Calissa, and Dahlia are in good condition at Benefice Hospital in Great Falls, Montana. Health officials said they checked every other neonatal intensive care unit in Canada, but none had space. The Jepps, a nurse and a respiratory technician were flown 500 kilometers to the Montana hospital, the closest in the U.S., where the quadruplets were born on Sunday.
"There you have Canadian health care in a nutshell. After all, you can’t expect a G-7 economy of only 30 million people to be able to offer the same level of neonatal intensive care coverage as a town of 50,000 in remote, rural Montana. And let’s face it, there’s nothing an expectant mom likes more on the day of delivery than 300 miles in a bumpy twin prop over the Rockies. Everyone knows that socialized health care means you wait and wait and wait—six months for an MRI, a year for a hip replacement, and so on. But here is the absolute logical reductio
of a government monopoly in health care: the ten month waiting list for the maternity ward."
Those who know Jim Dexter (perhaps from one of the OC dinners) should ask him about a former client that was a large hospital chain along our northern border that catered to Canadians who wanted better care than that offered by their own socialized mess.
Bottom line, if you want to tell me that Moore did a great and honest job with "Sicko" you need to either explain to me how and why he got it so very wrong with "Bowling for Columbine" or else tell us that you accept he was honest and accurate in that movie as well. Sorry, but tigers don't often change their stripes and Moore is a rabid left-wing nut who hates guns, the free market, and most everything else that has made this nation great.
If he were to tell me the sun was shining at noon day, I'd go looking for independent verification to make sure I was not in some drug induced stupor for agreeing with him.