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Sicko - a Journalistic Review

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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 Maintenance Organization Act of 1973. Ehrlichman conversation with Nixon states that - "the less care they give them, the more money they make". The President Nixon remarked "fine" and "not bad".

 Connections are highlighted between Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the lobbying arm of the largest drug companies in the United States, lobbying groups in Washington...

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