Tuesday, July 03, 2007


 Michael Moore left something out of his documentary regarding health care in this country. In his new movie "Sicko" he argues (and I use the term loosely) that the only good health care system is a socialized or "global" system.

Yet in his documentary he leaves out a key trend among nations with socialized health care systems:

Canadian doctors, once quiet on the issue of private health care

, elected Brian Day as president of their national association. Dr. Day is a leading critic of Canadian medicare; he opened a private surgery hospital and then challenged the government to shut it down. "This is a country," Dr. Day said by way of explanation, "in which dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week and in which humans can wait two to three years."

Market reforms are catching on in Britain, too. For six decades, its socialist Labour Party scoffed at the very idea of private medicine, dismissing it as "Americanization." Today Labour favors privatization, promising to triple the number of private-sector surgical procedures provided within two years. The Labour government aspires to give patients a choice of four providers for surgeries, at least one of them private, and recently considered the contracting out of some primary-care services--perhaps even to American companies.
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Now Moore, an avoud socialist, really shouldn't be expected to present the other side of the arguments in a favorable light. But this movie should be called what it really is: propaganda. Nothing more nothing less.