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June 27, 2007

thank you, Michael Moore

I briefly saw your interview on CNN yesterday while I was doing my lunchtime cardio workout on the elipse machine at 24 Hr Fitness. You were adament that French nationalized medical care was far superior to America's (killing off the sick and elderly is just a minor problem). You demanded that American private healthcare be abolished. There was a small clip from your movie, Sicko with a young couple with a new baby in a hospital corridor laughing when you asked them how much they were charged for the delivery ("nothing, this is not America").

Yes, Mickey, medicine is just too important to be left to private individual choice. It touches too many lives. Doctors and nurses, x-ray techs and physical therapists, all health care workers should be brought to heel by a government that will dictate their work conditions and salaries.

And it got me thinking, Mickey, about something more pervasive than healthcare. I mean, for the vast majority of Americans, we see the doctor only occassionally. Young adults may have no contact with the healthcare system for years (which is why they many opt not to carry insurance for those years ... nice way to stick it to them is to slap 'em with confiscatory income taxes to finance a US socialist healthcare system). However, there is something that touches every American life every day. It suffers from the vagarities of the so-called "free market" and much of it is such a waste of time for Americans.

It's called the Entertainment Industry.

So Mickey, before we touch upon Healthcare, how about nationalizing the Entertainment industry? Let's have a new Fed bureacracy that will take applications from all manner of screenwriters, novelists, videogame developers, movie producers ... and yes, from mockumentarians like you ... and they will then decide only on the most worthy of entertainment projects and issue grants for those green-lighted.

Sound good to you?

Oh, and by the way, Mickey? I might just like to try American socialized medicine for a few years, because like the British model, you with your obvious inattention to your own health, would be denied medical care.

And then nature would take care of you once and for all, sicko.

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Posted by Darleen at June 27, 2007 06:14 AM


The current healthcare system in the U.S. is a disaster. It doesn't satisfy (either in $ or mentality) a majority of those who are insured. The number of the uninsured are growing. The system only pleases the HMOs and insurance companies. What's your plan, Darleen? "Stay the course"?

Posted by: Brad at June 27, 2007 05:43 PM

Government run healthcare is like a beautiful rainbow. There's a pot of gold in it for everyone. Oh, it will be so wonderful! And all you have to do is wish really hard and click the heels of your ruby slippers....

What's your plan, Brad? And why do we have uninsured people when we have Medicare/Medicaid? Shouldn't those programs solve all that?

Posted by: Pablo at June 29, 2007 04:22 AM

Hmm. Seems we alreayd have UK/Canadian style single payer system: It's called Medicare. I don't hear anyone calling for its abolition. Seems to me something that works can be expanded to include all americans, not just those over 65.

Posted by: Carl W. Goss at July 2, 2007 12:36 PM