If you like silly comedy films that are over-hyped, over-spun and filled with half and quarter truths leading to falso conclusions, then you will love, "Sicko," Michael Moore's latest cynical and hypocritical agenda creation.
On Tuesday, happy Mike appeared on The David Letterman Show to tell us that Cuba had the world's best healthcare system.
Why? About seven years ago, the World Healthcare Organization (A matter of WHO) said so. It didn't matter to Moore and others that the winner of that charade was determined by calculating the percentage of the GNP that country spent on healthcare. Since Cuba has virtually no GNP an outlay of a buck fifty could win that propaganda party.
Then Moore spewed out the often repeated but always incorrect cry that 45 million Americans have no healthcare coverage. If that is so why aren't there tens of millions of us lying in the streets on IV lines or just simply dead?
Michael MooreĻs film "Sicko," which premieres June 29, will be used as a propaganda piece for those who say "It's time for guaranteed healthcare in America." The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee will join other nursing organizations that are hosting 3,000 screenings.
A press conference on Capitol Hill featured clips as well as testimony from individuals featured in the film and congressmen who favor greater government involvement in medicine.
Moore wants to remove the profit motive from medicine and to eliminate insurance companies. He thinks that the proposals of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards don't go nearly far enough.
Showing Cuban doctors scurrying around to care for some 9/11 rescue workers that he brought over in a commandeered fishing boat, Moore suggests that Cubans live longer than Americans (all because of their wonderful socialized healthcare). Aren't these the same guys who botched premier Fidel Castro's stomach surgery and had to call in "The Spanish surgeon."
Film maker Stuart Browning is firing back with a new internet movie debunking one of the central premises of Moore's "docutribe": that 45 million Americans have no health insurancečand no access to medical care.
The nine-minute film can be viewed at www.freemarketcure.com, along with some short pieces portraying the reality of rationing in Canadačincluding The Lemon, which shows what the Canadian system has in common with the Soviet-era economies that produced the Trabant.
Notes Grace-Marie Turner, in a June 22 Galen Institute commentary, "'Sicko.' Need We Say More? Heaven forbid that we would wind up making policy by propaganda, because that is exactly what would happen if anyone were to base any serious health reform proposals on Moore's film."
This is not a must see, waste your popcorn and movie money, film unless you believe in bad science fiction.
Editor's Note: Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., wrote this week's commentary.