Barack Obama needs to see SiCKO

Barack Obama has released his healthcare plan--and it is a bitter disappointment to patient advocates around the country who hoped that he would `turn the page' on the broken healthcare system that is causing our nation so much anguish.

There are two basic options for healthcare reform: increase the role of health insurance companies or replace them.  Obama has chosen to give more customers and more public funds to the for-profit insurance corporations. It's an expensive gift and one that allows them to continue meddling in medical decision-making while raking in obscene blood-money profits.

Clearly Sen. Obama needs to see Michael Moore's new movie SiCKO, which lays out what the American people already know about health insurance corporations: they are a malevolent lot who make a buck by denying care to patients.  The National Nurses Organizing Committee will be co-hosting premiers of SiCKO around the country--and we hope that Sen. Obama will join some RNs to learn what's really happening on the front lines of America's healthcare tragedy.

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Early SiCKO Prognosis: Masterpiece

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee is going to be hosting premiers for SiCKO across the country next June.  We're so excited that I've read every single review published.  The consensus: book the Oscar suite, it's a masterpiece.  More importantly, the reviewers are stressing the non-partisan nature of the film and saying it will appeal to R's and D's; are treating health corporations as the pariahs they should be; and are examining the possibilities for action, organizing and change that this film contains. The film is already changing our national debate about healthcare and re-aligning healthcare politics---and it doesn't open FOR A MONTH.

The lone dissenter? Rupert Murdoch's Times o' London.  

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Cross-posted at the National Nurses Organizing Committee's Breakroom Blog, as we organize to make 2007 the Year of GUARANTEED Healthcare.

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Michael Moore's SiCKO

I saw that Michael Moore is doing a live chat on Daily Kos today at 11AM EST. You've probably heard about the controversy surrounding his trip to Cuba with 9/11 rescue workers to film parts of his new film Sicko. I applaud Moore's efforts to give the health care industry and policy makers the kick in the pants they need to get their act together.  It is mind boggling that we spend significantly more on health care than any other country but we get back a lot less.

The Commonwealth Fund just released a report on this very topic:

Americans get the poorest health care and yet pay the most compared to five other rich countries, according to a report released on Tuesday. Germany, Britain, Australia and Canada all provide better care for less money, the Commonwealth Fund report found...

The current system leaves about 45 million people with no insurance at all, according to U.S. government estimates from 2005, and many studies have shown most of these people do not receive preventive services that not only keep them healthier, but reduce long-term costs.

Not to mention we have nine million kids in this country who don't have health coverage. There is something to be said when the richest country in the world does not take care of its kids.
I look forward to seeing Moore's film when it comes out in the states on June 29th.

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SiCKO Sickens WSJ, Heals Healthcare--Guaranteed Healthcare Update

The Wall St. Journal is freaking the freak out about Michael Moore's new movie SiCKO.  Obviously they'll   fan the flames of controversy and drive more ticket sales.  But their terror makes clear what a great moment we have ehre: finally the American people's fear and loathing of drug and insurance companies is about to hit the big screen, which is just what this country's ill healthcare system needs.  The question for us: how to leverage this into the most on-the-ground advances for healthcare reform?  Your thoughts are needed...

Cross-posted at the National Nurses Organizing Committee's Breakroom Blog, as we organize to make 2007 the Year of GUARANTEED Healthcare.

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Virginia Tech, Iraq and 9/11 will happen again

I grew up in Virginia. My state is a conservative state, but what happened at Virginia Tech yesterday wasn't about conservative versus liberal. It wasn't even about gun control.

I know a lot of interest groups on the left and right no longer believe any event exist but-for the purpose of serving their political agenda. If it is the gun control groups, yesterday was about the need for gun control. If it is the NRA, it was about people killing people, and other nonsense. I don't really care anymore. All I care about is that I know this will happen again. And again. And again.

Michael Moore's documentary, Bowling For Columbine, which many have derived as  anti-gun, is actually not about gun control at all. It's about the American psyche. Why do we keep producing these monsters?

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