Replies to my comments on “Sicko”

Alan E. says:

I think one of the points of SICKO is that we need to BE a healthier society, both physically and psychologically.

Posted on Dec 5, 2007 11:59 PM PST
Hey, jerk face, my FATHER worked for free. If the patient needed him, he’d stand on his FEET in an OPERATING THEATER for 16 hours STRAIGHT.

If I had promised my boss a compiler by Monday, I worked all weekend.

There is such a thing as a free lunch. It’s called honor and dignity and community and service. The PROBLEM with American society is your thug yap, and how you use an unread Adam Smith to smash and grab, while telling needy people to get f**cked.

Posted on Dec 8, 2007 10:42 AM PST
 BookieMan says:
Moore does not say that healthcare has to be free. Something that has an inherent cose cannot be free. But it should be paid up from a portion of the taxes that we pay, just like they do in UK and France. What he argues about is that healthcare should be socialized and state-managed, just like the Police, fire service, education, postal service etc. in America. In other words, healthcare should be managed not as a for-profit commercial industry but as a non-profit, essential public service, something that should be a fundamental right of every citizen. I totally agree with this point because it makes complete sense.

Posted on Dec 16, 2007 8:45 AM PST
Hmm. So you refer to the extremes, the “fat arse smoking careless numbnuts” while ignoring people who do their best to stay healthy and…get sick! Sorry, but that’s what happens. Do you think those to whom Moore refers in the film just smoked and partied until they got sick, then headed to the ER and expected to be taken care of?

I challenge you to write the same review when you find yourself or a family member who needs surgery, say, that’ll fun you $50,000, or a stay in a hospice, or…

When you look at an extreme or two, your view may look reasonable. Reality is more difficult than that.

Your post, in reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2007 12:16 PM PST
 F. Harrison says:
Edward- what are you talking about? It looks like you have an antagonist in mind when you wrote your review, but I’m not that guy. By the way, I’m really proud of your father- what a great guy, standing on his feet for so long- that might be a Guiness World Record!

Your post, in reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2007 12:20 PM PST
 F. Harrison says:
Bookie- What’s the difference between money going to insurance and money going to government- they’re both ridiculous bureaucracies that take money from people who have it and give it to people who “need” it. Either way, the people who are receiving the healthcare don’t really appreciate the true cost of the benefits because they don’t see it.

Your post, in reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2007 12:23 PM PST
 F. Harrison says:
Timothy- thanks for your personal sentiments, I wish you and your family the best too.

Yes, I agree that people get sick despite taking good care of themselves, but it’s much more rare than you’d think if all you listened to was the mainstream media. The system is broke and makes it beneficial for people to get medical treatment-regardless of who’s in charge of the healthcare system.

Posted on Dec 29, 2007 4:10 PM PST
 John Bonavia says:
F. Harrison, did you actually see the film? I suspect not, because if you did you couldn’t have made so many statements based on preconceptions.

One thing you said was partly right: “The only system that would work is an insurance system that pays people for NOT getting sick as opposed to the opposite- the way it is now.” The movie shows how in Britain doctors get bonuses when their patients get better cholesterol levels, quit smoking, etc.

You miss the point about bureaucracy. The insurance companies are a huge bureaucracy that wastes up to 30% of every health care dollar. A national system, unlike the image carefully planted by the naysayers, has NO bureaucracy. No policies, no claim forms, no EOBs, no URs, no huge computer systems calculating millions of people’s eligibility and co-pays and deductibles and out-of-pockets and annual limits…I’m a computer guy and I’ve worked on these. Believe me, while I was glad to get the paycheck, I had to keep thinking what a waste it all was compared to the quiet, simple efficiency of the UK or Canadian systems, both of which I’ve lived under.

Your post, in reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2008 7:34 AM PST
 F. Harrison says:
John – Thanks for your input. The US federal government takes nearly $3,000,000,000,000 from the American public to do essentially what could be done with half that-if not less. Why? Because they’re not encouraged to do anything efficiently. health care would be no different. Unless you can show me how socialism betters capitalism, I will not accept that government is a better provider of healthcare. By the way, I agree with Moore that the system needs to change-the current insurance system is nearly as socialist as a federally mandated system except for one aspect: I can opt out of paying money into a ridiculously broken system if I want.

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