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June 17th, 2007
Word on the Street : Michael Moore’s “Sicko”

In Michael Moore’s movie, Sicko, he gives a harsh critique of the U.S. health care system. How do you feel about the state of the health care in the U.S.?

Danielle, 30
"I haven't seen the movie yet but I think the U.S. health care system does need a lot of serious adjustment. I myself had a hard time getting insurance on my own before I had benefits through a corporation. There have been many times when the doctors have wanted to pawn off prescriptions. They're not really concerned with the patients individual needs and the side effects that they get are actually more harmful than if they didn't take that prescription. I go to natural paths myself. A lot of herbs and a lot of minerals and a lot of therapies have been a great alternative to me to get well. I hope someday, alternative medicines will be covered."
Chris, 18
"It's pretty good but it could be better because some people really don't get a chance to have medical treatment. They do offer free treatment at some places but they really are not that good. They don't cover everything. Basically, U.S. health care isn't really good but they try."
Joana, 27
"I think that it's a disaster right now. People can't afford their medication. People can't afford to go see a doctor or take their kids to the doctor. People are using urgent care as their family practitioner. I just don't understand. I feel like everything is run through Pfizer and all these drug companies. I think everyone is very aware of that. I have a lot of family in the medical profession and even they can't believe the kind of care that is being offered right now and how much money it is…I'm fortunate to be part of a union where I have my own health insurance. But if I wasn't, I would never be able to afford health insurance. I don't have $400 or $500 a month."
Dicksé, 38
"I think it needs help. It has always needed help all across the country. Health care reform, interestingly, is one of the prevalent conversations of political debates but no one really seems to get a hand on it. I think that it is going to be very hard to do with the way that we're structured. I'm a huge huge Michael Moore fan by the way. I really love the fact that he gets out there and he tells us things that we might not necessarily want to hear. I haven't seen Sicko but I've read about it and I found that he fails to mention a lot of important parts. I'm a little bit disappointed in his movie because it really just goes in one direction and talks about one niche without really giving us periphery vision of how the whole system works."
Robert, 45
"I think it's broken, absolutely. I have a lot of friends from Canada where they are all insured. I don't think it needs to go as far as Canada because they take such a huge chunk out of people's paycheck for taxes on that. But I do believe that the health care system in this country needs to be totally reformed. It's kind of sad because as a country with the highest GDP, we are on the lower end, as I understand, of the health care system when you compare us to other industrialized nations."
Milton, 41
"The health care system is a joke to be honest. I think Michael Moore is an American who has a lot of balls. A lot of people don't appreciate his work. The reason I say the health care system is a joke is because a couple weeks ago my daughter went to the doctor for a toothache. The doctor wrote a prescription for some Motrin. The prescription said that I had to pay a co-payment of $12 and I'm assuming that is half the price of the bottle with the my insurance company, Oxford, picking up the other half. That would mean it costs $24 for a bottle of Motrin which was on the counter for $6. So I decided I didn't want the prescription any more and I went out and bought it over the counter."


 
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