Michael Moore

17 years ago

To the editor:
I’d like to take this opportunity to urge everyone, especially my fellow republicans, to see Michael Moore’s upcoming film “Sicko.” The central theme is the desperate need of this country to have universal health care.
    Now I’m not a Moore fan on almost every other issue, but on health care he’s right on. It’s a sad state of affairs when the only ones who don’t receive the right of “free” universal health care are the very Americans who work hard for everything they have.
Uninsured Americans receive health care and do not pay. People on Welfare receive health care and do not pay. Criminals receive health care and do not pay. In fact, according to Moore’s film, detainees held in Guantanamo receive top-of-the-line health care and do not pay. We’re talking about al-Qaeda here receiving treatment for high cholesterol for Pete’s sake!
Meanwhile, average Joe American pays for everyone else’s health care and then has to fight the insurance company for any health care they need. Please tell me, where in this system is any justice or fairness?
People who work for a living are already paying for everyone else’s health care. All moving to a total universal health care system would do is insure all working people have that same level of health care and it would get rid of the health insurance monsters that fight us tooth and nail for what should already be ours.
I pray everyone sees his movie, which comes out at the end of June. And if you’re as upset about this health care mess as I am, call or write your reps, senators and governors and let them know you’re mad as heck and you’re not going to take it anymore. Let them know this should be their No. 1 concern and not some trumped up issue like global warming.
Here’s a thought. All that needs to happen is for everyone presently insured to suddenly opt out. Let the people have a modern tea party. How about it, America? Is it in you?

Clare Kierstead
Presque Isle