$100 Shoelaces and Healthcare in America
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In America today it is very easy to find someone who has no clue how bad socialized medicine really is, even at Fox News. Read this silliness:
Saturday, May 19, 2007
By Roger Friedman
'Sicko' Shows Michael Moore's Maturity as a Filmmaker
Filmmaker Michael Moore's brilliant and uplifting new documentary, "Sicko," deals with the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, both real and perceived. But this time around, the controversial documentarian seems to be letting the subject matter do the talking, and in the process shows a new maturity.
Do you know where Canadians, who have FREE healthcare go when their system has reached the maximum quota for certain operations? Here. To America where health care is not rationed.
Sadly this film is already getting free publicity by way of the US Treasury:
The Guardian, Charlotte Higgins in Cannes Saturday May 19, 2007,
US government trying to seize new Michael Moore film, says producer
Cannes is smacking its lips in anticipation of filmmaker and provocateur Michael Moore's latest jeremiad against the US administration, which receives its premiere at the film festival today. Sicko, a documentary tackling the state of American healthcare, focuses on the pharmaceutical giants, and particularly on health insurers.
The film has already caused Moore - who won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2004 with Fahrenheit 911 - to clash with the American authorities. Now, according to movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Company is behind the film, the US government is attempting to impound the negative.
Moore has learned that great huckster lesson that you need only appeal to that half of the population that believes in a flat earth, that Bush caused the WTC massacre, that we never landed on the moon, and that masturbation leads to warts on your hand (I burn mine off with acid). Indeed, there is a large segment of the population that believes that everything in Fahrenheit 911 is true and sadly they will also believe that the UK or Cuba has a better health care system.
Imagine, if you will, a country in which the government supplies shoes to everyone, no one can buy any. In such a country there would be little choice since the government would be doing the purchasing. Instead of the free market deciding what color and style of shoes people wanted, the government would have to do the choosing. Of course, people who live in such a country would argue that if the government didn't supply shoes to everyone, there would be barefoot people all over the place. If Michael Moore were to make a movie about such a place, he would have people believing that America, where everyone has to pay for shoes, is inferior to a country that supplies them for free.
Now you may argue that it's relatively cheap to buy shoes and that is the reason there aren't millions of barefoot people in this country, but how do we explain the millions of Americans who cannot afford healthcare? Let me tell you now that if the US government placed the same restrictions on shoes as they do on pharmaceutical companies and had a Shoes and Boots Administration with all its attendant bureaucracy and hundred of agencies and departments watching over shoes and shark lawyers suing shoe companies for hundreds of millions of dollars every time someone slipped on the sidewalk in a pair of shoes, then shoes would cost thousands of dollars and you know what? There would be millions who could not afford shoes for all their children. Then you know what would happen? There would be an idiot like Moore who would be asking for the government to supply free shoes to everyone.
The Government is Responsible for the High Cost of Healthcare
The problem with health care in America is not that the health care is bad, but that it is unreasonably expensive due to government regulations, restrictions, taxes, medicare fraud, insurance fraud, evil malpractice lawyers, waste, bumbling bureaucracies and hundreds and hundreds of bad laws. We need to overhaul the entire system and let it work the same way Nike does. If the Government made shoes then shoelaces would cost $100, just as a single aspirin in a hospital today costs $10 or more. We don't need more government interference in our health system, we need less.
But Michael Moore is the clever one, he sees how great Socialized Medicine is. I wonder if he shows how many people in the UK cannot get treatment free and so have to sign up for treatment in a private hospital for a fee. I wonder if he will ask the question, if the UK supplies free healthcare, how do private hospitals make any money and why are they thriving? Heh, Huh, what?
Texans for Thompson,
Good Article on Fred
With the help of one 38-second video clip and a great sense of humor, Fred Thompson, the former U.S. senator from Tennessee who is one sock away from dipping his toe into the race for the White House, remained just as relevant as the other GOP candidates. And thanks to Michael Moore, the Hollywood documentarian who just can’t help himself, Thompson delivered what, in time, could become his watershed moment.