This morning I dragged myself out of bed to catch the 8:30 AM screening of SICKO. As someone who loved BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE, but found FAHRENHEIT 911 to be self-indulgent and unsurprising, I went to the movie with few expectations. Surprise, surprise I loved the movie. Make no mistake; it's not a great documentary about the health care crisis. That movie still needs to be made. SICKO’s critics will point out its flaws, its lies, and its omissions - whether about the horrendous conditions in Cuba, the easy post shot of the check at the end, the downside of street riots, or the lack of economic comparisons - but what I think Michael Moore did so strongly was he crafted a film that was singular in its mission: That health care should be free of financial considerations and available for all. From countries with major inequality to countries with minor flaws everyone somehow seems to provide health care in a way that's better than that of the US of A. And if they can do it, why can't we?
Some of my favorite moments: the last ride to Guantanamo, a look back at the Nixon tapes showing the birth of the modern American health system, a lesson on how the French do laundry, Hillary's u-turn on the health care battle (I wonder who Moore doesn't support in '08?), the early career of Ronald Reagan as AMA actor and some of the forgotten heroes of 911. Also, the old, British parlimentarian's thoughts on democracy were actually quite wonderful.