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Hillary, Obama, Edwards: AWOL on Health Care movie
In a movie that advocates radical change to health care in America, an issue that Hillary Clinton tried to ram through Congress during the Bill Clinton's presidency, now for some reason Hillary is strangely silent on Michael Moore's newest movie, "Sicko". Dubbed as the "least controversial" and most "broadly appealing" of Moore's docu-drama movies, "Sicko" takes on the health care issue in America, coming out in favor of a massive federal funded health care system, and the abolishment of private health care all together.
But, even though these are issues mentioned at virtually every stop on this seemingly eternal campaign, NONE of the Democrats has mentioned or responded to questions about this film.
Hm-m-m... If you want to see people taking a stand, don't bother following the campaign trail.
'Sicko' leaves top Democrats ill at ease
Leading candidates are sidestepping direct comment on filmmaker Michael Moore's proposals for universal healthcare.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
June 22, 2007
Taking a stand?
Taking a stand?
WASHINGTON — With the release of Michael Moore's "Sicko," a movie once again is adding sizzle to an issue that's a high priority for liberal politicians — this time comprehensive health insurance for all. But unlike Al Gore's film on global warming, which helped rally support on an equally controversial problem, "Sicko" is creating an awkward situation for the leading Democratic presidential candidates.
Rejecting Moore's prescription on healthcare could alienate liberal activists, who will play a big role in choosing the party's next standard-bearer. However, his proposal — wiping out private health insurance and replacing it with a massive federal program — could be political poison with the larger electorate.
At a special screening in Washington this week, politicians, lobbyists, media pooh-bahs and policy junkies flocked to see Moore's film. And its slashing demand for action on an issue that voters care deeply about, and Democrats hope to capitalize on, generated plenty of buzz. Moore hopes that, after its general release June 29, "Sicko" will exert significant influence on the presidential campaign.
Instead of greeting the film with hosannas or challenging it head-on, however, the leading Democratic presidential candidates have sidestepped direct comment on Moore's proposals.
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois and former Sen. John Edwards of South Carolina all have staked out positions sharply at odds with Moore's approach. But none of them is eager to have that fact dragged into the spotlight. (More... )
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Re: Hillary, Obama, Edwards: AWOL on Health Care movie
The health care issue is like another "third rail" (=instant electrocution) in today's politics. But, actually, it does need to be opened up. The medical community (AMA) has created their little world that is like sacrosanct, hallowed ground that no one else may challenge. Costs are sky-high largely because of malpractice suits out the kazoo. Basically the U.S. has some of the best medicine in the world, but the costs and delivery are very unevenly balanced.