POLICY: Finally, the review– It’s A Sicko World

I know you’ve all been dying for this. It’s my review of Sicko, up over at Spot-On.

There’s so much wrong with Michael Moore’s Sicko that it’s embarrassing, especially for a health care pundit, to reveal the emotional punch it gives you. You know that your head is being bowled over by your heart, and you also know that it’s very, very cleverly done. But that doesn’t make the message any less powerful. MORE

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  1. I’m not an expert on the stats and facts of the film, but I did see it on opening day. Whether you like the movie or not, I think the movie succeeds at it’s most important mission:
    It’s getting us all talking about the issue of health care again. And not just us insiders. The media, the politicians, the folks at the lunch counter in Iowa…Heck even Larry King is talking about health care now instead of Paris Hilton.
    I highly recommend everyone see the film so they can create their own opinion. It’s especially fun seeing it in NYC where the audience likes to participate when watching the movie. You’ll get cheers and jeers all at once.
    My blog post about the film here: http://unitystoakes.blogspot.com/2007/06/movie-every-american-should-see-michale.html

  2. Dr. Novack writes:
    > My point is this: The French physician uses the
    > Marx line — I only ask why Michael Moore would
    > put that line in his movie?
    To be provocative, of course. Laissez faire liberals go apoplectic every time they find a line from Marx presented in a positive light. This ad hominemreaction serves only to undermine them and Moore wants them undermined. Call it verbal Jui-Jitsu.
    My buddy and I have had a discussion of why the French physician may have said it. My answer is that Marx was not wrong about everything, and it may not be Politically Correct in today’s France to quote St. Luke whence Marx, whether or not he acknowledges it, got the line.
    Acts 4:34 & 35Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, and laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

  3. I’ve taken out the reference to Eric in the article. When we get the podcast back I’ll post the transcript and we’ll be reporting and you’ll be deciding if I was as unfair as Eric says I’ve been!

  4. Matthew– I believe it is wholly disingenuous to make the leap that you made about my commentary. Given that few people will listen to my words, but many will read your article– I would ask you to correct the record.
    My point is this: The French physician uses the Marx line— I only ask why Michael Moore would put that line in his movie? I never even remotely suggest that there is any relationship between the french, english, or canadian health care system and a ‘gulag’.
    You know this to be the case.
    I have never shied away from debate on this site or elsewhere- but I will not be a party to such a gross misrepresentation of my views from someone who I considered a friend.
    If you do not correct the record, please take down my podcast and consider my relationship with THCB terminated.