Sicko the movie

Jul 4, 2007

?

How will Sicko the movie effect the health insurance industry.

Poll closed Jul 11, 2007.
  1. Not at all

    8 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. A lot

    4 vote(s)
    20.0%
  3. Somewhat

    8 vote(s)
    40.0%
  1. MHart
    Offline

    MHart Super Genius

    Posts:
    159
    Likes Received:
    0
    I went to go see this tonight with the wife and I was wondering what effect this may have and your guys opinion on are ability to sell health insurance after this movie? Little or no effect or actually will the bad press cause people to want health insurance?
     
    MHart, Jul 4, 2007
    #1
  2. STIBROKER
    Offline

    STIBROKER Like My post and enter the DRAWING,,,, Moderator

    Posts:
    10,484
    Likes Received:
    405
    State:
    Texas
    Should not be a problem....what are they going to do....go without it....
     
  3. Mr. Bill
    Offline

    Mr. Bill Guru

    Posts:
    2,045
    Likes Received:
    10
    Even if 20,000,000 people went to see that fat glutton's movie, it will have the same effect of Maxine Waters screaming at the top of her lungs (regarding the possible closure of Martin Luther King Jr. Hosptial in South LA after a woman who had come in daily for two weeks complaining of pain, was checked and found nothing, yet kept coming, and one day she did die of a bowel obstruction) If this isn't the case for universal health care I don't know what is!

    And the public cheered!

    what does this all mean? MLK hospital is already run by the government. Therefore, universal health care would have absolutley had no effect whatsoever.

    Now, I would question ANYONE ON THIS FORUM as to why they would give Michael Moore one dollar! The only way I would see his movies would be to sneak in after paying for another, and since I don't do that, I won't be seeing his movies. Any one of them.

    Michael Moore is a manipulative predator, but a rich one now.

    Oh, and by the way, what makes you think that people without health insurance will see the movie? Everyone's who's a member of SAG has access to health insurance.
     
  4. Atlas
    Offline

    Atlas Expert

    Posts:
    70
    Likes Received:
    0
    Bill,

    I agree with you 100%. I will never let that fat lib looser make one dime off of me. I only wish he would have stayed in Cuba. I do not see how any thinking person would want the government running health care. Why would people want the same kind of folks at the DMV and other government agencies running health care.

    Look at all of the things government dose and dose bad. Do you want these same people running health care. If so maybe you need to go see a mental doctor. Because you need help.
     
    Atlas, Jul 4, 2007
    #4
  5. nate124
    Online

    nate124 Guest

    Personally, I find Michael Moore and his movies to be entertaining, and I found Sicko to be the same. That being said, you have to take it with a grain of salt. Will this movie have an effect on health care? No. Is it interesting? Yes. I actually enjoyed seeing how health care is done in other countries. I'm not worried that we will ever have national health care in the US. Quite simply, it's a running issue, such as gay marriage, and abortion. If any of those things go away as issues, what would the candidates have to run on (for or against)? :D

    Love him or hate him, what the guy has done for documentary makers around the country is amazing. He has taken a form of film making that used to be for educational purposes only and brought it to the mainstream. Oh well... I'm sure most of you on here disagree with me, but I do like his films.
     
    nate124, Jul 4, 2007
    #5
  6. Guest
    Online

    Guest Guest

    Yeah, that's the attitude I want to hear. You sound worse than my screaming liberal friends.

    Look. The system does not work now and is not sustainable. There are tens of millions of people who are at risk of losing everything they own... as well as their lives under the current sytstem.

    We have public schools... but private schools too.

    We have public parks... but private parks too.

    We have public welfare... but private charities too.

    We have public utilities... but we private ones as well.

    And we have public medicaid and medicare... but private plans as well.

    I don't care if the government runs a system or Kaiser runs a system of national health care... so long as there is a safety net under each child and adult CITIZEN. And as long as I have a choice to be in the pubic plan or adopt a private plan, I'm OK with it. I just want something to work.... even if I'm legislated out of a 'job.'

    Of course a public system will not work well and will waste a ton of money... but the private sector does that now. It's just a question of degree.

    Here is how we do this. We offer 5,000 college grads EACH YEAR the option to get a full-bore tuition-free admission to med school, along with a tax-free living allowance of say $25,000 a year. We trim med school down by one year to three. Upon graduation each new doctor gets $45,000 a year tax free salary and is assigned a job somewhere in the USA. Each year each doc gets a $5,000 tax0free raise. Each doc must serve in "free" public health (treating people... not lab or research) for SEVEN YEARS. At that time they can go private.

    Do the math. It would not cost even near what we spend in Iraq each year. It probably won't even cost close to what we spend in meaningless farm subs we pay for NOT growing food! The money is there. What is needed is a leader that all sides have trust and faith in to get the job done. We need a JFK.... young, articulate, full of hope and promise and who wants to make change happen... someone who believes "Ask not what your country can do for you..."

    Al
    www.insurancesolutions123.com
     
    Guest, Jul 4, 2007
    #6
  7. nate124
    Online

    nate124 Guest

    Great post! Very interested ideas!
     
    nate124, Jul 4, 2007
    #7
  8. jacodaro
    Offline

    jacodaro Expert

    Posts:
    61
    Likes Received:
    0
    Mr.Bill, ".....manipulative predator, but a rich one....."--you mean the insurance companies?

    Tens of millions illegals=no national healthcare system.
     
  9. Atlas
    Offline

    Atlas Expert

    Posts:
    70
    Likes Received:
    0
    al3,

    Why stop at national health care. Why not have national home owners insurance, national auto insurance, national life insurance, national disability insurance?

    Why do you wish for the government to take away choices from people. Some folks want to keep the risk for themselves. Others buy insurance and transfer that risk to an insurance company. Some do not want to buy life insurance, health insurance and other kinds of insurance. I think they should have that right.

    I see that you disagree with personal choice. You think the government should be able to force people to buy health insurance as most libs do. Just as libs are forcing me and other tax payers to pay for medicaid and medicare.

    I want the choice not to pay for others insurance what about my choice? Why can I not opt out? Why do you and others make me pay for your wishes. I'll say this let's have national health care. Anyone that wants to opt out let us do it. The government will not go for the because they know everyone that works and has their own health insurance will opt out more than likely. Then they would not have the funds for national health insurance.
     
    Atlas, Jul 4, 2007
    #9
  10. Guest
    Online

    Guest Guest

    And they make you pay school taxes to support the public schools. I'm sure you don't want ot pay those. So did you send your kids to private schools for 12 years?

    You have to pay utility taxes for your water and garbarge? But I suppose you could opt out of that and carry water from a well?

    And you have to pay sales taxes to keep the parks open, provide for police and fire protection. Personally I think that if you wish to opt out of those, then if there is a fire at your house we just let it burn to the ground.

    And you have to pay federal taxes to keep up an army, navy air force etc. Had we all taken your position we'd be speaking German on this board.

    I don't know where you get this idea that throughout history we've had a lot of personal choice when it comes to public policy. Most societies have had very little personal choice... from what you were to do (caste system) to whom you would marry (arranged) to what religion you were to belong to (the Inquisition.)

    We are all interdependent on each other... humans are badly prepared for living on the earth. Compared to most animals we are poorly equiped to protect ourselves from the elements, we have poor hearing, smell, and sight for hunting, it takes 15 or so years to reach adulthood, and we are rather frail in composition when we do.

    We are sociatal animals and that in order to survive we need to work together, everyone contributing someting to the survival of the specie. The history of humans has been a history of the continued limitation of 'personal choice' for the simple reason that if we don't hang together, we will all hang separately, as Ben Franklin once said.

    It would be good if our collective choices were more rational, but because public policy is the outgrowth of competing personal ambitions, needs, wants, and desires; and given the difficulty of humans to reach compromise without war, it's amazing we get any public policy at all.

    The REASON we have public schools, a public retirement system (Social Security) and a public medical plan for seniors is becasue the private sector could not or would not meet the need. Read your history. Why did the country welcome Social Security in the 1930s. Why did we enact Medicare in the 1960s. And why did we adopt a system of public education in the early 1900s?

    We WILL have a form of national healthcare. And all the insurance agents, doctors, underwriters, hospitals, and angels in heaven saying we won't or shouldn't, will not make a difference. Get used to it because it is going to happen... the same way Social Security happened, how Medicare happened, and how we got public education. It will be because most people will want it and will see it as a benefit to society.

    And while you will be able to opt out like you can by going to private school or having your own retirement plan, you are still going to be required to pay into the system. Why? Because just as education is better for society than ignorance, health is better for society than sickness. Even if you opt out for a private medical plan, you are going to benefit when you can take a plane and the person next to you does not have TB because he/she could not get treatment because they could not get insurance.

    What bothers me most about so many of you here is that you all make a lot of noise about 'doing the best for your clients." But when clients can't get coverage becasue they have diabetes or heart disease you turn you back and say "Well, gee they should have thought about that BEFORE they got sick."

    Well the fix for that is to MAKE them think about that... by MAKING them get coverage... like it or not. The governements are just doing what many of you are saying should be done... making sure people get the coverage you and I know they need.

    And my final word to Atlas is (especially on the 4th of July) if you don't like living here and the rules that we have to live under, move to Chad or Botswana or somewhere you will have all the personal choice you desire. Oh, and don't let the airport door hit you on your ass on the way out!

    Al
    www.insurancesolutions123.com
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 4, 2007
    Guest, Jul 4, 2007
    #10
Loading...