American Health Insurance
With a very controversial film, Michael Moore introduces the American people to the health care crisis in Sicko. In this documentary, Mr. Moore exposes the American health care system as corrupted. With 50,000 uninsured Americans, even a small sickness can wreak havoc on an entire family, let alone something like cancer. Mr. Moore also touches on how even insured Americans can find it difficult to get the treatment they need, though in actuality this represents only a small percentage of insured Americans. While it's true insurance companies reject adequate care for 10% of the American people; there is still a huge portion of the population with at least basic catastrophic insurance.
Mr. Moore portrays very clearly the struggle facing the uninsured and their health issues.Mr. Moore uses strong imagery and heart wrenching stories to relate insurance companies as an "evil" entity. It's easy to see this with people like Dawnelle Keys, whose 2 year old daughter Mychelle became ill one evening and was forced to the nearest emergency room. While there, Mychelle is diagnosed with a life-threatening bacterial infection. But rather than treat her, the doctor calls her insurer and discovers Mychelle isn't covered at the hospital and must be taken to another facility. Nearly 3 hours after arriving at the first hospital, Mychelle is taken to the approved facility and dies 15 minutes later. Stories like these are tragic to hear and evoke deep emotion from the viewer. But not all health care and insurance stories end in nightmares.
My brother, Austin, was only in 6th grade when he started having terrible headaches and blurry vision. During that summer, after wearing an eye patch in order to see straight and enduring almost daily migraines, my brother was taken to a hospital to take a cat scan followed by and MRI. The diagnosis was bad and in no time he was going in to the hospital for brain surgery. On August 22, Austin was diagnosed with cancer...