Sicko -

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 At The Shore Realty

I've just learned about the newest Michael Moore film called sicko. It talks about health care in the good ol' US of A. He claims that we are ranked 37th in health care world wide! The source of this "Los Angeles Times "

We are the wealthiest country in the world. How ever can we have people who are uninsured, who can not afford to become ill, or as I saw on another television interview who have to travel to other countries to receive care because their insurance company won't pay for their treatment.

Most people expect their city to pick up their trash, to remove the snow and ice, and to educate our children. Why do we not have the same attitude about health care?

According to the law, because the major insurance companies are private enterprises, they MUST make a profit. In order to make a profit, they must deny claims, refuse care, and even deny insurability.

Michael Moore's films are troubling, because they speak the truth.  Sometimes they may be slanted politically, but basically they are telling the ugly truth about their subject matter. Sicko, is no exception.

I haven't seen it yet, just seen the reviews. I'm thinking that something has to change. How, you may ask, do we effect this change? We do through our elected officials.

I'd love to hear other educated people's reaction to this, it makes me crazy that I have to be concerned about my grand-daughter receiving well-baby care because the insurance company says that unless she's ill, she doesn't need to see her physician.

We, baby boomers, are one of the largest blocks of people alive today in the US. What can we do? Can AARP help? Do we need to write letters?


Comments (4)

Joseph Grabowski
Keller Williams Preferred Real Estate - Yardley, PA
Healthcare is indeed expensive. But hey, lots of other countries are worse off then we are.
Jun 06, 2007 03:44 PM
Joan Snodgrass
Midamerica Referral Network - Kimberling City, MO
Michael Moore?  I think the name of his film describes him well.  Seriously tho, I do wish we could all go back to paying cash for our medical needs and pharmaceuticals.  If we did, prices would drop in a hurry.  Seems like most of the health care costs are in the millions of miles of paperwork, and the salaries of those who process it.
Jun 06, 2007 04:05 PM
Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!
Joan stole my thunder.  This is more or Michael's hate America propaganda.  Do you realize that the majority of the uninsured in this country can afford medical insurance, they just choose not to buy any because they think that they are young and healthy and don't need it.  I don't have any medical insurance because I choose to pay as I go.  As Joan said, if this were like when I was a kid and the doctors still made house calls, the price of medicine would drop in a hurry.  You can only charge what the market will bear for a given service.  Also, it isn't the government's job to ensure that I have insurance, if I want it I should pay for it.
Jun 06, 2007 04:48 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Roger....don't be a complete fool.

First of all, you are ONE ACCIDENT away from total bankruptcy. 

Second, after you achieve the status of indigent (that will take about 2 months on an average income) those of us who buy health insurance and pay taxes will be forced to foot your bill - or you will die. Since you believe so much in people paying their own way, I guess we should let you die.

Some people are dying - even when they think they have coverage. Since  I fork over more than $500 a month to keep myself off the public dole, I don't appreciate it when someone CHOOSES to do something that could cost ME money.

Many people can't afford health care.  If there is a family involved it can be well over $2000 a month before taxes.  

I was in the health care field (biomedical research) for 15 years. A capitalist free-market works for many, many things but NOT for health care.  Don't expect a free-market to save you - unless you are absolutely LOADED that is a recipe for disaster.  We need national health care and we need it NOW. 

Case in point:

My father has Stage 4 colon cancer.  He is a big free-market fan! Chose a medicare HMO (a for-profit organization that sold many seniors a bill of goods.)

We got through the surgery and rehab - although the copays will leave him in debt for life -  but then he needed to start chemo.  Since my father was on medicare, the oncologist felt that getting the chemo covered would be fine. But this was a medicare HMO!!! TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!! It took me ONE MONTH to get the drug approved. 

You know how I did it?  I made a list of 14 news organizations.  I called, put the conversation on speaker phone, and DEMANDED to speak to someone "IN CHARGE" or I was going to all 14 news organizations with the tape and a chronicle of what I had done and how long it was taking to obtain the chemo.  The person "in charge"  kept saying it was a "specialty drug." It wasn't. I'm a Ph.D. and know EXACTLY what the drug is and what it is for. It is 5-FU THE most common drug for colon cancer since the 1980s!  I used some really nasty language and asked that if they were "reviewing" THE most standard drug for his illness - that I wanted to know what THEIR standard protocol was for Stage 4 colon cancer. Was it "eye of newt or hair of dog?"

The drug was approved within 12 hours. It took me a MONTH to become a screaming lunatic- but that's what it took and my father was too sick to do this himself.

Why were they so resistant to chemo and not anything else?  The chemo could prolong his LIFE by about 3-4 years - and the EXPENSE. That's what the resistance was about. Without the chemo, he would be dead in no more than 6 months. 


PS - this is NOT a problem in two places - REGULAR medicare (government run - but expensive) or the VA (government run, but more efficient - they can negotiate drug prices.)  

Oct 26, 2007 03:11 PM