Analyzing Michael Moore's 'Sicko' as a Healthcare Film

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Title Page Healthcare Movie Sicko What can you identify about the healthcare system as you watched this movie? The Michael Moore movie pointed to a myriad of issues relating to the American healthcare system that are both startling and interesting. The movie was produced before the Obama Administration signed the Affordable Care Act into law, but Sicko reports that nearly 50 million Americans do not have health insurance. About 18,000 Americans die each year because they don't have health insurance. The system is clearly broken, and politics seems to have been the reason that insurance companies keep a strangle hold on consumers. For example, Sicko reports that there are nearly four times as many lobbyists in Washington D.C. pushing for their clients' agenda as there are members of Congress. Also, the insurance and healthcare industry donated $14 million to members of Congress who helped to pass the Medicare Part D legislation. That is the legislation that gives breaks to senior citizens for their prescription medicines. Moore's movie said that Medicare Part D will end up giving (over ten years from 2006 to 2016) up to $800 billion "tax dollars" to the health insurance industry. And if Moore's movie is correct, older people on Medicare will wind up actually paying more for their prescription drugs than they paid prior to Part D of Medicare. Moore uses a projection with math formulas to come up with that dollar figure. What issues/trends are portrayed and is this an

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