You’ll take note that I have not watched Sicko and that I’m not likely to; until I can download it on Limewire at least. Moore’s style of crusade is well known to me and I refuse to support his fat a$$ at the box office.

I was not surprised with the reviews. Lefties say it’s all that and Righties say it’s a skewed crop of crap. What did surprise me was the powerful stand taken by Kurt Loader, of MTV fame.

Loder acknowledged that the horror stories shown in Moore’s film are both true and gut-wrenching. However at that point, the free ride was over. Loder asked some tough questions and they’re questions that every American needs to think about before signing up for national healthcare.

Loder says:

“Unfortunately, Moore is also a con man of a very brazen sort, and never more so than in this film. His cherry-picked facts, manipulative interviews (with lingering close-ups of distraught people breaking down in tears) and blithe assertions (how does he know 18 million people will die this year because they have no health insurance?) are so stacked that you can feel his whole argument sliding sideways as the picture unspools. The American health-care system is in urgent need of reform, no question. Some 47 million people are uninsured (although many are only temporarily so, being either in-between jobs or young enough not to feel a pressing need to buy health insurance). There are a number of proposals as to what might be done to correct this situation. Moore has no use for any of them, save one.”

I’ve never been prouder of a journalist in my life; or a liberal for that matter.

Moore’s alternative is the same old tired socialist method that has been tried and aborted throughout the years. The philosophical arguments have been made and rehashed. You’ve made a decision already as to whether you’re a collectivist or an individualist, but what’s important in the here and now is: does socialized healthcare work?

Without the resources, hype machine, and political influence of a Michael Moore, a couple of intellectually honest film makers set out to answer that question. Trekking across Canada, Directors Stuart Browning and Blaine Greenburg mustered a 24 minute film called “Dead Meat,” that answers with a resounding “No, eh?”

These two talked to a cross section of folks covered by national healthcare, and there is a decidedly different tone. My choice is already made, but for those of you who paid $10 to sit through Jabba the Moore’s brainwashing, please allot the 27 minutes it takes to watch “Dead Meat.” You need to know the whole story before you go shooting off at the mouth.

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