Can you proofread my movie review of Sicko? What are your suggestions for improvement? Thanks for the help!
Although the movie Sicko was long, its evaluation of the medical services in America allowed me to see America and the U.S. government's role in policing the medical profession from another perspective. Before I watched this movie, I thought that living in America was living the American dream. However, this American dream is only a façade or an illusion that takes my mind away from some of America's flaws.
I thought the health insurance companies' extreme actions in order to maximize profits are pitiless and selfish. The health insurance tried to find loopholes to either deny insurance or disapprove coverage to many Americans. It often claimed the medical treatments as "experimental" treatments to avoid paying the large expenses. Because many Americans were without coverage, they either died or have to live with their sickness. Seeing a mother lose her child or a wife lose her husband is painful. In one situation, a man without insurance had to stitch the wound on his leg by himself. In another sad yet hilarious situation, a man accidentally sawed off his middle and ring finger, and he must choose from the two fingers to have stitched back by the surgeons. He could pay $12,000 for his ring finger or $60,000 for his middle finger. Being a sweet man, he chose the ring finger. In a third situation, a husband has heart problems and his wife has cancer. Their constant check-ups and treatments cause them to go bankrupt and move into their daughter's house. These situations made me think there is no justice in society. Many people are dying, suffering, or forced to poverty because of the companies' greed and lack of compassion. I thought the lack of humanity in America is horrifying. Regardless, the way Michael Moore narrates and continuously targets the U.S. government and the health insurance company makes the content of the movie overly dramatic and exaggerated. Nevertheless, Moore gives an actual portrayal of the voiceless Americans who are overpowered by the big authority figures.
I thought the denial by the insurance company to the 9/11 rescuers were cruel. The rescuers search throughout the site for any sign of human bodies. As a result, they risk their health for other people. Even the heroic people were turned down after what they have done. It is an outrage. Michael Moore makes known to the public that the insurance denial can happen to anyone. I thought that it was unbelievable and insane when Moore actually took these people by boat from Florida to Cuba for the medical treatments they deserve. By doing so, Moore implicitly shows how America's lacks support for its people, as Moore and the 9/11 rescuers have to find the medical care and support in another country.
The lower rating of the United States compared to many countries on health insurance is humiliating. It serves as a bad representation of United States. I found Michael Moore's investigation hilarious. He sees no exchange of money and is stunned by that. Moore finds the free health services unusual from America and interrogates the people from other countries. Canada, France, and Cuba all provide free medical treatments without insurance! The French people get at least five weeks off from work after their medical treatment. In addition, the French people are paid when they are away from work by the government and employer. Furthermore, the daycare center charges $1 per hour, which is cheap. Moreover, the government-paid nannies and doctors provide the French people with free home service. In Cuba, the inhalers are five cents. In contrast, the inhalers in America are $120.
The ridiculous contrast to America is shameful for the Americans. Seeing these countries provide cheap or free services and cheap medicine for their people make me think America does not care about its people as much. Moreover, I realize the Americans only care for themselves. Even so, Michael Moore underrepresented America through his overly dramatic documentary. There is much that I can be grateful about living in America. In America, there is freedom and many opportunities. Many people desire to live where I am living today. Despite the exaggeration in Moore's portrayal of America, it does not change my views on the idea that the U.S. government should provide free health insurance for everyone. I still sympathize for the unfortunate people who turned down by the health insurance. No one should be turned away from necessary medical treatment. The Americans should learn to be more like the French, Cuban, and Canadian, because they care for one another. Profits should not be America's first propriety when the lives of many people are at expense. Moore did an exceptional job in making this known to America in a critical yet humorous way.
You've got a lot of good information in your essay. I am wondering, though, whether it really meets the criteria of a movie review. What you have done, basically, is to summarize the content of the movie. The only reference you make to the movie as a movie is in the first sentence. Was the assignment to summarize what the movie was about, or to critique the movie itself as a piece of filmmaking? If it was truly supposed to be a movie review, you might want to take a more critical look at how Michael Moore approached the subject; was it objective? accurate? overly dramatic? right on target? These are things to think about.
Your essay is well-written and very informative! I'm not sure how deep your instructor wanted you to go, as far as critiquing the film itself -- things like cinematography, editing, music, etc. -- but if the content and your reaction to it is the most important part, I think you've done an excellent job. :-)
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I still sympathize with the unfortunate people who were turned down by their health insurance.
[delete The] Americans should learn to be more like the French, Cubans, and Canadians, because they care for one another. Profits should not be America's first priority when the lives of many people are at risk.
...reimbursed for the cost of the prescriptions. As a result of the high cost of the pharmaceuticals and the inconsistency of the Medicare plan, many kind caring professionals have placed their businesses at risk in order to help the elderly in their communities. The over riding question that continues to occur to me is, “Why is it so difficult to create a health care program that meets the needs of the population for which it was intended?” The quality of care is also a concern given the high costs and confusion regarding accessing services through Medicare. When I read that people do not buy prescriptions that they are prescribed because they cannot afford them, it would seem that the quality of care is of concern. Watching the movie “Sicko” by Michael Moore, highlighted this point. The quality of universal medical care in Canada, England, France, and Cuba is superior to even Medicare.5 Measuring quality in the U.S. health care system and giving consumers more information about the services they receive are two goals the Bush administration attempted to achieve in a series of payment regulations for Medicare providers. Starting in 2007, Medicare was to pay physicians more for the time they spend talking with patients about their health care needs.6 The hope of this change was that it would result in more face-to-face interaction between doctors and their patients. It would seem obvious that time spent with patients will serve to improve the quality of care for the......
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...Ryan Jensen Paper #2, 201C 12/11/12 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......
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Health Care System
...to deliver health care services to meet the health needs of target populations (free encyclopedia). America is the leading country in medical and scientific advances and yet without a universal heath care system. The U.S health care system is the subject of many controversy debates. At one extreme, one can argue that Americans have the best health care system in the world mainly due to the widely available medical technology and the state-of-art facilities that have become so highly of the system, yet others would debate the American system as being inefficient, given the fact America spends way more on health care than any other country in the world, and yet still suffers from massive uninsurance and uneven quality ( Michael Moore, “SiCKO” documentary). The United States has the most expensive health care system in the world, based on health expenditure per capita and on total expenditures as a percentage of gross domestic products (Hellender, 2001). The reason for the high costs is the number of uninsured people in the U.S. who require treatment of diseases and illnesses that can be treated inexpensively in the early stages, then later on when the diseases have progressed, and with no health insurance. The United States healthcare system has many different sources of funding. For many Americans, health insurance is tied to their jobs through their employers or comes as a result of government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. There......
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...Sickos Documentary Strayer University Leg 500 The documentary Sickos exposed the millions of Americans who are uninsured and victims of many insurance companies cost cutting initiatives. The documentary starts off with an adult couple who moves to Denver after filing bankruptcy on their home due to high and delinquent medical bills. The wife was a newspaper columnist who was diagnosed with cancer and the husband was a union machine worker who has excessive heart attacks. After the co pays and deductibles started adding up they both were forced to move in with their daughter. There are Americans who are uninsured and are injured on the job and have to decide which body part is more affordable to keep. Insurance carriers are constantly finding discrepancies in preexisting diseases and diagnoses to cut insurance pay out costs to the patients which in results kills many Americans. A 1960s record distributed by the American Medical Association, narrated by Ronald Reagan, warns that universal health care could lead to lost freedoms and socialism. In response, Moore shows that socialized public services like police, fire service, the United States Postal Service, public education and community libraries have not led to communism in the United States. The uninsured Americans, according to the Sickos documentary, are “poor, demoralized, and frightened”. The poor have debt which causes hopelessness which equals no voting. The documentary even shows how George Bush Jr.......
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Caso Humana Inc
...some of their locations. Ð²Ð‚Ñž Global Trends Currently Humana has no plans to further expand into the global healthcare market, other than Puerto Rico where it offers its Medicaid and Humana Military Healthcare Services. Ð²Ð‚Ñž Sociocultural Trends In the United States there is a definite divide about the opinions of HMOÐ²Ð‚â„¢s. First there is the side that is against them and views them as money-hungry corporations that would do anything to cut costs. - Sicko: This opinion was portrayed in the 2007 documentary by Michael Moore named Sicko. AmericaÐ²Ð‚â„¢s opinion of Humana lowered after the release of the movie because the inspiration for Sicko was a segment of Michael MooreÐ²Ð‚â„¢s television show The Awful Truth. In this segment Michael Moore reported HumanaÐ²Ð‚â„¢s contradiction of covering all of a manÐ²Ð‚â„¢s diabetic expenses, but at the same time not covering a pancreatic transplant, which was failing due to his diabetes. Without this transplant, the man would have died. Throughout the rest of Sicko many other segments and interviews portray a negative light against Hum... ------------------------------------------------- Get Better Grades Today Louisville-based health management company, Humana Inc, ran into difficult circumstances in the late-1990s due to the rising health care costs of its employees in the US. The troubles were further aggravated as various class action lawsuits were filed against it on the grounds that the company had misrepresented......
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...Even with prior knowledge of the American healthcare system and the corruptness of insurance companies, the documentary Sicko by Michael Moore was still able to shock me about the harsh realities people actually endure concerning their health and well being. I was so blown away with the stories that I actually imagining myself in those people’s situations. C. Wright Mills would say I was using the sociological imagination, which is the ability to see how individual experiences are connected to the larger society. In America we are raised to believe that our nation is the best in the world in every category. This documentary serves to tell otherwise. “People who like to avoid shocking discoveries, who prefer to believe that society is just what they were taught in Sunday school, who like the safety of the rules and the maxims of what Alfred Schuetz has called the “world-taken-for-granted,” should stay away from sociology” (Macionis and Benokraitis, 7) That quote can also be used to describe this film. We need to think outside of our own experiences in life, to truly understand society as a whole. Otherwise we will remain ignorant and heartless as most of health insurance companies in America. The U.S. healthcare system is ranked 37 out of 191 countries in the world. We need to use our sociological imagination to understand the different people affected, especially people like me who have had good enough insurance to cover my medical needs thus far in my life, of course......
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...Paper #2 [Rhetorical Analysis Assignment (1)] (4 full pp. double-spaced) Sicko Analysis In 2007 documentary Sicko Michael Moore addresses the issue of America’s health care system. This topic has been in continuous debate among our political leaders for many years now. Michael Moore believes America’s health system is morally corrupt which is unreasonable for being the wealthiest country in the world. In many instances throughout the film, he argues the fact that the American health care system is subject to fraudulent decisions, aiming towards governmental funds, rather than the rights of American citizens. Furthermore, he compares health care conditions from around the world, arguing that countries with this benefit are much better off than those that are not. This movie is an attempt to encourage middle class individuals to stand up for what Moore thinks of their Constitutional right, health care. In the movie Moore uses different techniques to support his argument that universal health care is better than government regulated health care. One of which was to interview individuals around the United States about their health insurance experiences. One of the most memorable stories came from a mother whose four-year-old daughter died because she was refused care at a hospital. The way Moore sets up this particular interview is unforgettable. As she begins telling her chilling account, the camera zooms into her face. When the camera zooms out, we see that behind her......
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...and we will buy it. This healthcare has turned into a bad thing. People all over are without healthcare. A movie known as SiCKO shows just how bad healthcare has gotten. We as a nation have thrown kindness out the window and become all about the mighty dollar. People are refused help because they don’t have the right insurance. They are put out on the street without the blink of an eye. Why? I’ll tell you why, Money over rules logic and compassion. Everyone should have healthcare. Prescriptions are at an all-time high. Elderly people can’t afford their pills. They are working longer just to be able to pay for their medication. Retirement is supposed to be able to help them with that but not today. I’ve seen a lady that had 6 different medications. The price of all them at one time is too much. So, she only gets 3 at a time. That’s so sad. “Ask your doctor about Obamacare,” says buffalo news blog. Side effects are, delayed treatment, elevated taxes, swelled deficits, shortages of doctors and in some cases… death (buffalo news blog). How in the world can the elderly get by like that? I don’t know but there has to be another way. Healthcare is needed but made scarce. The promise of free healthcare sounds good but it’s not free at all. We are paying more and getting less. We are wanting more and receiving less. Something’s got to give. The movie SiCKO showed that in a part where a man had to choose between his 2 fingers for a big price, or one finger for a lesser......
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...“Sicko” The 2007 documentary “Sicko” by Michael Moore address the different issues with American health care system. America’s health care system has been up for debate for quite some time now and still not much has changed. Michael Moore believes America’s health system is morally corrupt which is unreasonable for being the wealthiest country in the world. Throughout the film some of his main arguments include, the fact that the American health care system is subject to fraudulent decisions, aiming towards governmental funds, rather than the rights of American citizens. He also compares America’s health care system to others around the world, arguing that countries with the benefit of having health care are much better off than those that are not. Throughout the entire film, Moore is making an attempt to get through to the people of the middle class. He wants them to stand up for their constitutional right, health care. You don’t have to accept what they tell you, you should be aware of your rights. Moore uses many methods to support his argument that universal health care is better than government regulated health care. For example, he traveled around the United States to ask many different people about their health insurance. The most touching story was from a mother who lost her 4 year old because the hospital refused to care for the child due to lack of health insurance. If the government and insurance companies can refuse to give treatment to a mother and her sick......
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...Gabriela V. Hernandez Prof. Thomas PHI2604 12 November 2014 Film review of “Sicko” Michael Moore’s last two films were based on opinions that many people vehemently opposed: that America has too many guns, and that George W. Bush is a bad president. It didn’t matter how persuasive the films might have been, because half the population disagreed with them before the opening credits even rolled. But with “Sicko,” Moore turns his attention to the American healthcare system, and his central theme is that it needs to be reformed. I think that’s common ground, don’t you? We can argue about what remedies the system needs, and the best way to go about it, and plenty of people will think Moore is off-base for suggesting socialized medicine. But Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, don’t we all agree that the current system is wrong? Let’s use that as the starting point and let the discussion evolve from there. There are 50 million Americans who have no health coverage at all and “Sicko” is not about them. “Sicko,” Moore says, is about the other 250 million Americans, the ones who have health insurance yet STILL get a raw deal. This movie is about how American health insurance companies exploit every means possible to avoid actually paying for their customer’s medical needs, and how people sometimes die because of it. The “lucky” ones live, and are stuck with astronomical medical bills, you know, the bills that were supposed to be taken care of by the......
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...Sicko One of the main differences between the American healthcare system and the English healthcare system is, that in America the healthcare system is based on insurance. Often you have insurance through your job, but if you are unemployed you have to buy insurance privately, and it can be very expensive so many Americans do not have any insurance, and if you do not have insurance you do not get any treatment. In England you do not have to be insured, healthcare is free for all Englishmen, because the English healthcare system is financed through taxes. The insurance system in America is maybe an advantage for few people, but the people without a job and those who do not earn so much money are often without insurance, and therefore they either get no treatment, or they have to pay for the treatment themselves. Often the treatment costs several thousand dollars and they cannot afford the treatment. In the film we get that exemplified by a man, who had sawed off two fingers, and he had to choose between the two fingers, because he could not afford to get both fingers replaced. In the film we also see examples of people who have insurance, but they do not get any treatment, because the insurance companies have people employed to find reasons not to pay for the treatment. In England you always get the treatment you need, although you do not pay taxes. That means that the poorest people in England can expect to live longer than the wealthiest man in America. Another difference......
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...Universal Healthcare Universal healthcare coverage has always been an issue in the United Sates. The current health system is affecting many Americans; therefore, it needs to be addressed were people have a full understanding of the subject. People are left without health insurance and treatment which is increasing illnesses, financial problems and death. It is of national importance that healthcare be provided because of the outcomes of uninsured people with chronic illnesses, lack of life expectancy, and decreased of poverty in the united states. Chronic illnesses are one of the top issues uninsured Americans face in the health care system. Patients with chronic illnesses receive fewer services because of the lack of insurance that causes their illness not to be treated on time. Chronic illness is an example of why Americans should have health insurance; these illnesses require expensive medication, and costly services. Unfortunately, uninsured cause Americans not to pay these services, and this leads to loans and financial struggles. Lisa M. Riedel, (2009) established that eight million people with chronic illnesses have decreased health and worse outcomes because they receive fewer services. Lisa M. Riedel (2009) established that Americans should not ask for charity in the form of health care and certainly not fall into bankruptcy because of illness. As citizens of America, it is only fair that everyone should have equal opportunity to receive health care and more...
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...Shane Chikerema Ms. Lieberman M/W 10:10-11:40 Social problems Sicko Coming to the United States from a third world country you except to have a much better life than you would in your country. You expect the Government to care about your wellbeing. What many people fail to realize is that money trumps everything in the United States. For the most parts that is the truth in many countries but in America they put a lot more emphasis on money. After watching the movie sicko my observations were proved. This film really makes you question our health system here in the United States. I mean can you imagine going to the doctor with a bad injury and having to choose which limb you want to save just because the price to become completely healthy is too much that is what so many Americans go through. That is why I feel the American health care system is too uncompassionate and expensive. Considering the way the health care in Canada, France and England care for their citizens, I think the United States should show the same compassionate. I am sure if you ask any American to imagine walking to the hospital and walking away with no bill and I am pretty sure they will laugh at you. Why would the laugh you ask? Well that is because in America the health care system has absolutely no compassion for human beings. For example in the movie A Caucasian male went to the hospital to repair his fingers and because of money he had to choose which finger he wanted to operate on...
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Sicko - a Journalistic Review
...In the recent trends of globalization where there is an obsession in developing countries to follow foot-steps of Developed and Advanced Countries, implementing their policies page-to-page, the documentary Sicko by Michael Moore is an eye opener which talks about American healthcare system. It reveals deep-rooted corruption in the system, exposing the nexus between Politicians, Health Insurance companies and pharmaceutical industry who does not really care of the people but only interested in profits. The documentary brings forth a sparkling fact that 50 million Americans are uninsured, however Sicko is about the other Americans who are covered but have become a victim of insurance companies who uses every means possible to avoid paying for their customer’s medical expenses. The filmmaker conducts interviews with such victims of insurance companies who were denied care, former employees of insurance companies who reveals about the cost-cutting measures to give bonuses to insurance company doctors and others to find reasons for the company to avoid providing necessary treatments for policy holders and thus increase company profitability. The highlight of this documentary is how the politicians introduced a paralyzed health system, their nexus with insurance as well as pharma companies and other heart-touching interactions with victims as : A taped conversation between John Ehrlichman and President Richard Nixon on February 17, 1971 led to the origins of the Health...
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Who's to Blame
...that by viewing other incidents kids may feel the intent to commit some of the same violent acts. | By stating the big difference between boasting and acting. Also by stating extensive coverage of other school shootings may encourage other students to do the same as shoot up their school. | 12-14 | The author is saying that TV is saying that the internet help make Kinkel a killer and by research he sought out how the information could easily be retrieved. | By stating if we believe TV coverage than the internet made Kinkel a killer and he states how the word query comes up with a lot of matches for gun types. | 15-18 | The author is saying that there are many sickos out there that know how to use the internet and that parents that don’t know how to use computers should learn. | By stating that there are a lot of sickos out there that will be more than happy to assist people with information of violence. |...
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