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Ryan Jensen
Paper #2, 201C
Mr. West

Michael Moore’s Sicko:
Good Health Equals Bad Business
Senator John Kerry once said, “It is time to speak and stand up again for the ideal that in the richest nation ever on this planet, it is wrong for 41 million Americans, most of them in working families, to worry at night and wake up in the morning without the basic protection of health insurance (Health Care Quotes).” The United States of America is the wealthiest nation in the world and ranks number one in terms of health care spending per capita. It is also the only wealthy, industrialized country that doesn’t have a universal health care system. It’s. It ranks no higher than 36th in life expectancy, infant mortality and male and female mortality (Murray). So if the U.S. is spending so much on health care, why are we not seeing better results for its citizens health and what can we do to make it more efficient? In Michael Moore’s film Sicko, he shows us several people’s experiences with their respective countries health care system. He takes the viewers to countries such as France, England and even Cuba to show us other various types of health care systems. What I first noticed after watching this documentary was the different opinions and views regarding health care between Americans and people from foreign countries. Moore shows how the American point of view has a very condescending and distasteful outlook on how our health care system is ran. With the use of anecdotal evidence, Moore shows a man in France who is diagnosed with cancer and has to go through chemotherapy. After his treatment, the man was given three months off of work with pay. The man from France goes on to rub salt in the wound, explaining how he spent his time off in the south of France regaining his health while the government paid 65% of his salary and 35% by his employer. This…...

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