Sicko: A Scathing Critique of the American Healthcare System

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1. Michael Moore's documentary film Sicko explored the health care systems in the United States, Canada, England, France and Cuba. The United States is the only industrialized country in the West that does not provide universal health care coverage to its citizens. Using concepts of American political culture, please explain why it is that the United States does not provide universal health care to its citizens. Be sure to address how our political culture differs from those of the nations explored in the film. In Sicko, Michael Moore offers a scathing critique of the American health care system. The American health care system is built on a profit-driven business model, rather than one that is based on caring, compassion, and humanitarian ideals. Even the best interests of public health are not being served by the American health care system. To emphasize his point, filmmaker Moore explores how other countries address healthcare. Using Canada, England, France, and Cuba as examples allows for a multifaceted view on healthcare. However, the United States differs significantly from each of these countries in terms of its political culture and climate. The political culture, political climate, and political norms of the United States preclude Americans from being able to adapt a system of universal health coverage. When Moore interviews the American expats in countries like France, he shows how a person can be American and still believe in a different form of political

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