Saturday, May 19, 2007

Health Care: Healthy Response to SiCKO at Cannes Film Festival, France

From The Wall Street Journal:
CANNES, France -- Filmmaker Michael Moore received a warm reception at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday morning, where his latest movie SiCKO, a critical look at the U.S. health-care system, premiered to the world's press.

During the packed 8:30 a.m. morning press screening at the Grand Lumiere Theatre, several scenes in the documentary brought spontaneous applause, including a prologue segment that shows one man, without health care, stitching a large open wound on his leg with his own hand.

SiCKO, however, does not focus on the uninsured, but the vast number of Americans who have health-care coverage, and their personal stories of frustration with the system. A teary-eyed mother recalls the story of her daughter's death when being transferred from one hospital to another owned by Kaiser Permanente. Another woman blames the U.S. system for the demise of her husband, who was denied a bone marrow transplant. After the screening, several hard-nosed U.S. critics and journalists admitted to crying during the film.
Read the entire Wall Street Journal story here.

From Reuter's:
Director Michael Moore says the US health care system is driven by greed in his new documentary SiCKO, and asks of Americans in general, "Why do we behave the way we behave? What has become of us? Where is our soul??"
Read Reuter's story here.

From Fox News:
Filmmaker Michael Moore's brilliant and uplifting new documentary SiCKO deals with the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, both real and perceived. But this time around, the controversial documentarian seems to be letting the subject matter do the talking, and in the process shows a new maturity.

This film is a call to action.
Read Fox's story here.

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