on Jul 09, 2007 @ 07:29 pm

Has anyone seen this movie yet? I watched it on the weekend and wow was it ever an eye opener! I had no idea how well other countries in Europe took care of their ill. Our system in Canada is buckling at the seams a bit at times but it is nowhere as worrisome as things in the US... What do you ladies think?

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want to see it on Jul 10, 2007 @ 10:24 am

I definitely want to see this movie. I am a fairly liberal politico so I tend to like Michael Moore's films. Plus, we're both from, sad to say, Flint Michigan, so Roger and Me will always hit home. I am pretty interested in this movie also b/c Aetna is one of the big companies that gets panned. W/ my current employer that is who provides my coverage.

Dad saw it on Jul 10, 2007 @ 11:50 am

I just talked to my parents and they just saw it. Its good! They said the movie is more for the insured rather than the uninsured (the insured are paying into a system that rarely pays them back). Its for all types of politicos (liberal to conservative) b/c everyone needs insurance. Everyone is getting hosed. He stressed its a must see for all types. So don't poo poo the movie just b/c of the man who made it.

I don't watch propaganda.... on Jul 12, 2007 @ 04:40 pm

First of all...all "documentaries" are basically just edited clips brought together to spin the words to fit the director's intentions. Its all editing. I take any documentary or "reality" show with a grain of salt, but generally just avoid them all around. All I know is that my parents grew up with socialized medicine in Europe and it is a wonder they are around today. Insurance in general was most likely invented by scam artists. Most of our current health care problems are due to greedy lawyers and their endless lawsuits. i have no interest to see this, so I wont comment more...

Nurses in Canada on Jul 13, 2007 @ 07:18 pm

I heard on the news that nurses in Canada get to see it for free. All they need is their ID to get in, and they get to see the movie. Crazy, huh?

just saw it on Aug 09, 2007 @ 01:25 pm

Hah, interesting tidbit about the Canadian nurses. They probably want those nurses to realize and affirm that the system they work in is OK after all.

I had 3 main thoughts coming out of this movie:

1. The former British Parliament member is dead on!! In Europe and other countries the govt is afraid of the power of the people. In the US, the govt has the people by the bawls. Confused and uninformed people are much easier to control. Keep them in the dark and move them around like pawns.

2. I'm ready to move to Canada or England! My coverage is great right now while I'm healthy. I can afford my routine check ups and visits. But what happens if I should fall very ill, or get hit by a bus? I don't have a whole lot of confidence that the system I pay into will be there for me.

3. Unfortunately, it will take a major disaster, like war on US soil, to really revolutionize the health care system ... much like what it took for England to create their NHS system.

But Jen is right ... documentaries from any angle are bits and pieces sewn together to convey the director's message. You don't have to embrace that message (much like I don't buy into Al Gore's gloom and doom about global warming -- btw, I'm a Research Meteorologist). To me, Michael Moore is ahead of his time. In his time he is laughed at and flamed. He is not a leader and he delivers a message in unattractive ways, usually only garnering the backing of those that already support him. But like those before him, they turn out to be right!

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