Friday, February 03, 2006

SICKO

This is wonderful news! I loved Michael Moore's movies (I saw Bowling for Columbine and Farenheit 911) and I just learned through his email list that he's making a movie about the atrocious state of health care in this country and he's calling it Sicko. Here's a copy of the email he sent out to subscribers:

2/3/06
Friends,
How would you like to be in my next movie? I know you've probably heard I'm making a documentary about the health care industry (but the HMOs don't know this, so don't tell them -- they think I'm making a romantic comedy).
If you've followed my work over the years, you know that I keep a pretty low profile while I'm making my movies. I don't give interviews, I don't go on TV and I don't defrost my refrigerator. I do keep my website updated on a daily basis (there's been something like 4,000,000 visitors just this week alone) and the rest of the time I'm... well, I can't tell you what I'm doing, but you can pretty much guess. It gets harder and harder sneaking into corporate headquarters, but I've found that just dying my hair black and wearing a skort really helps.
Back to my invitation to be in my movie. Have you ever found yourself getting ready to file for bankruptcy because you can't pay your kid's hospital bill, and then you say to yourself, "Boy, I sure would like to be in Michael Moore's health care movie!"?
Or, after being turned down for the third time by your HMO for an operation they should be paying for, do you ever think to yourself, "Now THIS travesty should be in that 'Sicko' movie!"?
Or maybe you've just been told that your father is going to have to just, well, die because he can't afford the drugs he needs to get better -- and it's then that you say, "Damn, what did I do with Michael Moore's home number?!"
OK, here's your chance. As you can imagine, we've got the goods on these crooks. All we need now is to put a few of you in the movie and let the world see what the greatest country ever in the history of the universe does to its own people, simply because they have the misfortune of getting sick. Because getting sick, unless you are rich, is a crime -- a crime for which you must pay, sometimes with your own life.
About four hundred years from now, historians will look back at us like we were some sort of barbarians, but for now we're just the laughing stock of the Western world.
So, if you'd like me to know what you've been through with your insurance company, or what it's been like to have no insurance at all, or how the hospitals and doctors wouldn't treat you (or if they did, how they sent you into poverty trying to pay their crazy bills) ...if you have been abused in any way by this sick, greedy, grubby system and it has caused you or your loved ones great sorrow and pain, let me know.
Send me a short, factual account of what has happened to you -- and what IS happening to you right now if you have been unable to get the health care you need. Send it to
michael@michaelmoore.com. I will read every single one of them (even if I can't respond to or help everyone, I will be able to bring to light a few of your stories).
Thank you in advance for sharing them with me and trusting me to try and do something about a very corrupt system that simply has to go.
Oh, and if you happen to work for an HMO or a pharmaceutical company or a profit-making hospital and you have simply seen too much abuse of your fellow human beings and can't take it any longer -- and you would like the truth to be told -- please write me at
michael@michaelmoore.com. I will protect your privacy and I will tell the world what you are unable to tell. I am looking for a few heroes with a conscience. I know you are out there.
Thank you, all of you, for your help and your continued support through the years. I promise you that with "Sicko" we will do our best to give you not only a great movie, but a chance to bring down this evil empire, once and for all.
In the meantime, stay well. I hear fruits and vegetables help.
Yours,

Michael Moore
michael@michaelmoore.com
www.michaelmoore.com

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Micheal Moore is anti-American. Plain and Simple. He's making money off th sick and poor and pointing a finger in one direction only, big comapanies. Sickening if you ask me. Why doesn't he give up some of his money to help people? What was he doing in Canada recently protesting against Pres. Bush? How productive is that? Bet he flew up in a very expensive jet. Doesn't he himself own stock in some of these companies? Email and ask him. "Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one".

Mel said...

I happen to think Michael Moore is quite American. The fact that you may not share his views doesn't make him anti-American. How do you know he hasn't given up some of his money to help people? Do you think creating full-on movies to help create positive change is free? Protesting against Bush is productive by making people aware of alternative ways of looking at things that may not be in line with what Bush feeds everyone. The jet comment - speculation. Stock - I don't know about his personal finances nor do I need to to find the ring of truth in what he's speaking about. "jackass", well I think Bush is the jackass who has kicked down our barn.

Thanks for your comments though. Don't be afraid to be something other than "anonymous".

Amy said...

Yeah. What Mel said! :)

alise said...

I think by looking at the term anti-American, it would depend on how a person identifies him or herself as an American. For many, many people, being able to live in a counrty where we have the best medical practices available (and the worst) can be a source of great pride. When I see news reports of grown children with cleft palates, I cannot help but think that wouldn't happen in the United States. Yet, if it is at all possible, I try to avoid taking the products of these drug companies. It reminds me of the 80's when the big threat to humanity was the evil robot technology rising up to destroy all of us. Now it is the drug companies. I think it is important to keep in mind that it is all smoke and mirrors. "Anonymous" wrote that Moore owns stock in one of those drug companies. The perceived threat of the machines taking overin the 80's took the public attention off the fact that the drug companies DID take over. Now that we are scared shitless of the drug companies, I wonder what is really going on with the environment. The truth always lies somewhere in the middle.