MICHAEL MOORE’S ‘Sicko’ will end American resistance to universal health care

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

A single movie — Michael Moore’s ‘Sicko’ scheduled for release June 29 — will end American resistance to universal health care.

Pre-screened in San Francisco last night, the film is airtight. It cannot be dismissed as propaganda.

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San Francisco Mayor with Director Michael Moore Wednesday prior to pre-screening.

Photos by Bill Wilson

Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

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“Our expectation is that people are going to take what they’ve learn here tonight and do something with it,” San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom stressed to film audience.

“But the reality was that when I was sitting there stuffing envelopes for Michael Dukakis that we had 33 million without health insurance.

“Then I started stuffing envelopes for Bill Clinton and we started reaching close to 40 million.

“And here we are and I’m looking forward to stuffing envelopes for our nominee soon — we’re now looking at 47 to 48 million Americans without health insurance.

“I think it’s high time that we have the… tipping point on this issue. Someone who can bring to life the reality of the health care delivery system in this country.”

Moore’s previous skill for straightforward simplicity lets those interviewed deliver the blow-to-the-psyche national wallop.

His eye for the sardonic, the heartbreaking and the joyful, grows to maturity in ‘Sicko.’ The man has found his voice.

They speak as all humans speak. An insurance company medical director confessing in shame that she had killed a man by intentionally denying treatment coverage to boost company profits. A security camera catching a woman in dimentia dumped on the streets wearing only a flimsy hospital gown. A former insurance claim adjustor in unrelieved remorse. The utter bewilderment, grief and anger, of survivors who lost loved ones to coverage reversal. The absurdy of boating to Guantanamo with American patients asking for the same universal health care — given anywhere on American soil — to Al Qaida prisoners.

‘Sicko’ fries the socialized medicine red herring. Canadian, French, and English patients who receive medical treatment for pennies if charged at all. Cost of a pulmonary inhaler in poverty struck Cuba for 5-cents costing patients $120 in America. The bewilderment of European health care providers and patients over American lawmaker disregard for the human good. Canadian, French and English doctors paid highly thank you very much.

Thanks to the red-eyed labor of 23-year-old George searching through old Watergate tapes, President Nixon is captured spawning managed health care in this country – “It increases profits by reducing care. I like that.”

‘Sicko’ delivers sureness that America will get itself together, at least in one area, before the world takes us down.

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PAT MURPHY
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

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BILL WILSON
Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

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