Monday, July 09, 2007

If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people

By Edward Copeland

On my film site today, I review Michael Moore's Sicko. Here is an excerpt:

The title of this post comes from Tony Benn, a longtime member of Britain's Labour Party, who discusses the history of his country's National Health Service with Michael Moore in Moore's new documentary about the U.S. health care system, Sicko, which not only proves to be Moore's most solid work since Roger & Me but may be his best documentary ever. Of course, any Moore film isn't a documentary in the strictest definition of the word: Moore's a propagandist and provocateur but, in most cases, he's also right and Sicko may be his most dead-on film in that regard, refusing to point the finger of easy blame at one party or the other and, more importantly, focusing like a laser on the subject at hand.

To read my full review, click here.

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  • The difference between faceless corporations and faceless government agents is that the former have to consider the profitability of giving you a chance at life or letting you die. That's not something you want to hear when your house is on fire or you need police protection. Some things are quite obviously done better by people who aren't constrained by the need to decide between the good of the served individual and the good of the stockholders. The deficiencies of private enterprise are more obvious when you look at police, the military, paramedics and firefighters. Were these services provided only to those who could pay, it would indeed be a jungle out there.

    The dilemma is not de-horned by pointing out similar deficiencies in two choices when there is a fundamental difference having to do with whether needed services are offered, denied or delayed while some accountant weighs your life against the ledger book.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 8:26 AM  

  • What's funny is that this guy posted the exact same comment on my excerpt at the Institute but left no comment where the full review ran, indicating to me that he didn't even bother to read it.

    By Blogger Edward Copeland, at 11:20 AM  

  • I understand the argument against government healthcare, but every example out there is better then what we currently have. I've lived in the UK, France, Canada, while being an American and I can tell you that their health care is so much better then ours in every way. Whatever some person told you about how socialized healthcare is horrible is a lie. Go there, see for yourself. There is a better way.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 PM  

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