SICKO to Iran Posted by: McQ
on Thursday, July 05, 2007
The Iranian Student News Agency (what a lovely title) apprises us of the fact that Michael Moore, in all his glory, will be visiting the mullocracy in October:
Writer, producer and director, Michael Moore is to come to Iran for the screening of his new production SICKO in the first international documentary film festival held here.
This festival will be held from the 15th to the 19th of October in Tehran.
According to reports in SICKO, Michael Moore interviews Americans who have been denied treatment by the U.S. health care insurance companies, whose policies are designed to maximize profits at the expense of providing essential care. The consequences of these individuals' plights range from bankruptcy to the unnecessary deaths of loved ones.
Moore then looks at universal free health care systems in Canada, France, Britain, and Cuba, debunking all the fears (lower quality of care, poorer compensation for doctors, big-government bureaucracy) that have been used to dissuade Americans from establishing such a system here. The roots of those health care systems are explored, and our failure to establish free health here care is traced to a) President Richard Nixon's deceptive support of the then-emerging HMOs pursuing huge profits and b) subsequent pressures for Congress to sacrifice sound health care in favor of corporate profit.
Of course the festival depends on whether protesters are finished burning up all the gas stations in Tehran and have time to attend. Sounds like a perfect subject for a 'documentary' if you ask me. And I can't wait for his first visit to Venezuela, or for that matter, Zimbabwe, to document the joys of those particular totalitarian regimes in contrast with Iran's.