Among Michael Moore’s many contemptible characteristics is his willingness to capitalize on the misery of ordinary people. His disgraceful exploitation of Lila Limbscomb in Fahrenheit 9-11 is probably the most egregious example, but his shameless use of three 9-11 responders in SiCKO was nearly as bad.

The one redeeming feature of Moore’s Cuban odyssey was that Regina Cervantes, et al got reasonably decent care. Ironically, it was far better than the care most native Cubans receive in Castro’s dilapidated health care system. Even Reuters, which has consistently abetted Moore in his fraudulent depiction of Cuban health care, has been forced to admit the following:

The hospital where SiCKO’s patients were treated is an exception in Cuba, where patients of many other hospitals complain they have to take their own sheets and food.

Indeed, the hospital in which the three responders were treated is a luxury hotel compared to the hog pens in which most Cubans receive their health care.

The 9/11 responders spent 10 days on the 19th floor of Cuba’s flagship hospital with a view of the Caribbean sea, a sharp contrast to many Cuban hospitals that are crumbling, badly lit, and which lack equipment and medicines.

Predictably, Reuters compensated for this uncharacteristically honest reporting by parroting the usual Lefty canards about the “accomplishments” of Cuban health care, but it was a half-hearted effort. Even those useful idiots can see that a massive fraud has been perpetrated by Moore.

[Hat tip: First State Politics]

Comments 7

  1. 10668844 wrote:

    What is wrong with you? Are you so obsessed with denying your own failing system that you have to go out and tear apart someone who is trying to point out some serious issues. I agree with you, some of what Michael does is sensationalist, but he does it to get attention to issues that are being ignored, seemingly, by people, like you.

    Stop worry about defending your ‘American Dream’ and realize that it’s currently a nightmare. You are loosing your rights as individuals daily and before you realize it, you’ll have nothing.

    Stop focusing on someone who is trying to help and start looking at what’s wrong.

    If you don’t know what’s broken, how can you fix it?

    Posted 20 Jul 2007 at 8:44 am
  2. Catron wrote:

    Moore isn’t trying to help. He’s trying to make money from gullible people who cannot see through the scam.

    The health care reform issue isn’t being ignored by anyone. It is the number one domestic issue in all the polls.

    But the system cannot be fixed based on a bunch BS from self-serving con artists like Moore.

    Posted 20 Jul 2007 at 8:52 am
  3. Rich wrote:

    You are loosing [sic] your rights as individuals daily and before you realize it, you’ll have nothing.

    And how, exactly, will handing control of my healthcare over to the government protect my rights?

    Posted 20 Jul 2007 at 1:55 pm
  4. Marc Brown wrote:

    The achievements of the Cuban healthcare system are remarkable given how poor the country is and the effects of the US embargo. Cuba has health indicators as good as the US and a much higher doctor-patient ratio than countries such as the UK. Do all its hopsitals look like Sloane Kettering? No – but neither do many European hospitals.

    Posted 22 Jul 2007 at 4:51 pm
  5. Catron wrote:

    Stay out of the Kool-Aid, Marc. It’s bad for you.

    Posted 22 Jul 2007 at 9:48 pm
  6. Reggie Cervantes wrote:

    First of all, the story was taken from Reuters. Second, at least half their facts are wrong.

    Now that its out, people can go see the movie hear and see for themselves what our story is.

    The fact that we are dying and the insurance companies wont insure us and doctors wont treat us with out payments is not reported.

    Write about the issues! 55,000+ sick responders! Now there is a head line. Of course, its one you wont write about.


    Posted 29 Jul 2007 at 9:19 pm
  7. Lou Esc wrote:

    Instead of taking information from here and there talk to Cuban people and they will tell you how realistic their “magnificent health system” is.

    Good medicine is only available to the Castros, members of the Communist party, paying foreigners and friends of the regime. Common people have to attend hospitals that look like a scenography for a horror-gore movie.

    Posted 15 Apr 2013 at 8:40 pm

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