Monthly Archives June 2007

MICHAEL MOORE VS. THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX

It would appear that I’m a soulless minion of the “health care industrial complex.” That is, at any rate, the thrust of various comments I have received in response to my posts on Michael Moore and his new schlockumentary, SiCKO. The following question from “Jed” is typical: Hey! I’m wondering, if I make a website [...]

UNIVERSAL COVERAGE: CURTAILING LIBERTY TO TREAT SYMPTOMS

The last time I was pulled over by a policeman for a traffic violation, the first piece of documentation he asked for was my insurance card. That’s right. Before showing any interest in my driver’s license, car registration, or even a valid ID, he wanted to verify that I was in compliance with my state’s [...]

Number of Uninsured Children Drops by a Third

A talking point much cherished by advocates of government-run health care holds that the number of children without health insurance is too high and growing. So, it’s unlikely that they will be touting the new CDC survey that shows a dramatic decrease in the number of uninsured kids: The percentage of children uninsured during at [...]

SiCKO DEBUNKED BY NHS NURSE

As I have discussed here, the media and some Lefty front groups wish to create the impression that nurses in general share Michael Moore’s view of American health care. Not only does this misrepresent the position of most American nurses, it conflicts with the views of many who actually work in the socialized systems that [...]

CUBAN HEALTH CARE & THE USEFUL IDIOTS AT REUTERS

In an article purporting to analyze SiCKO’s absurdly flattering depiction of Cuba’s system of socialized medicine, Reuters is studiously credulous about the quality of medical care under Castro’s regime. After a perfunctory caveat about the “shabby? condition of Cuban hospitals, the “analysis? recites the following canard: The health system built by President Fidel Castro’s government [...]

Free Health Care Sure is Expensive

The Evening Standard reports on yet another egregious failure of Great Britain’s system of socialized medicine. A mother has been forced to sell her home to pay for private treatment with a cancer “wonder drug” after funding for it was denied. Debbie Mitchell, 39, said she was “left to sit in the corner and die” [...]

Universal Health Care a la Steyn

Michael van der Galien links to the corner, where Mark Steyn applies his mordant intellect to health care: In a public health care system, the doctors, nurses, janitors and administrators all need to be paid every Friday so the only point at which costs can be controlled is through the patient, by restricting access. And [...]

Browning versus Klein

Stuart Browning and Ezra Klein appeared on Kudlow & Co to discuss SiCKO. It was an interesting juxtaposition of communication styles: Browning’s straightforward discussion of the film versus Klein’s fretful attempts to change the subject. A typical example of the latter involved Klein’s gratuitous lurch to the VA: Rand corporation ranked VA highest on quality. [...]

Paper Collar Mike

The man who actually coined the phrase, “There’s a sucker born every minute,? was a 19th century con artist named Joseph Bessimer. “Paper Collar Joe,? as he was known to the police, would surely have recognized a soul mate in Michael Moore. For, when it comes to what Joe called “bilking the rubes,? Moore is [...]

MICHAEL MOORE: MENDACITY WRIT LARGE

Now that Sicko has been made available for viewing by serious commentators, it is becoming obvious that the film is even more disingenuous than expected. Moore’s trademark combination of anecdote and innuendo paints such an obviously false picture of American health care that it is angering a lot of people who actually care about the [...]