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The Expansionist
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Show SICKO Every Day. A colleague here in Newark alerted me to a broadcast tonite of Michael Moore's landmark documentary Sicko on cable tonite. He forwarded an email from MichaelMoore.com that says in part:

"Sicko" airs on The Movie Channel tonight at 8:00 PM. It's also scheduled to air on The Movie Channel on July 27th at 4:05 PM and on TMC Xtra on August 2nd at 10:45 PM and August 5th at 2:15 AM and 7:30 AM. ...

There are people around the country who are holding "Sicko" viewing parties this weekend in their homes. ...

We are in a critical time regarding which direction the health care debate is going to go. Make your voice heard. And be armed with the facts. Watch "Sicko" again!

I replied to my Newark-activist ally:
SICKO should be shown every few days on BROADCAST TV until Congress enacts and the President signs legislation creating a single-payer system. The people who need single-payer the most can't afford cable. And the showings should be everywhere until Congress understands that the people want single-payer and until even the Radical Right gets so disgusted with claims that altho all the rest of the industrialized world can have universal healthcare with a single-payer system, somehow we can't.
Sicko showings should be bracketed, beginning and end, by PSA's that say, at the start, "This film shows that Canada, France, Britain, and other industrialized countries all have universal healthcare paid for by progressive income taxation that doesn't crush the little guy, and implicitly asks, 'If they can do it, why can't we?' " At the end, the PSA should say, "How is it that every other industrial country can provide equitable, universal healthcare without being financially ruined, but we can't? Are all those other countries smarter than we are? Better than we are? Wiser, more decent? Richer? Well, they can't be richer, can they? Jingoist Rightwingers keep telling us, pridefully, that we're the richest country in the history of the world. So why can't we afford universal healthcare with a single-payer system that countries much poorer than we are, manage to pay for easily? Don't accept excuses. If Canada can do it, we can do it. If Britain, France, and Japan can do it, so can we. Don't let the Radical Right tell us we can't do this. Of course we can. And don't pay any attention to protestations from John McCain, a man who was born in a Government hospital and has had Government healthcare every single day, his entire life! If McCain could have Government healthcare from birth to this very day, and hasn't died from neglect, surely he should not resent other people having the same Government healthcare that has kept him alive and well, into his late 60s. Those Republican members of Congress who don't want YOU to have Government healthcare ALL have Government healthcare themselves. Every last one of them. What do you call it when people decry Government healthcare out of one side of their mouth but ask for Government doctors to take care of them out of the other side? Oh, yes: hypocrisy! The United States should have the best and most equitable healthcare system on this planet, and can, but only if the People DEMAND it. Write your Member of Congress and BOTH your Senators. Write the President. (You can find their contact information at our site, www._____.org.) Say "Yes we can" have universal healthcare under a single-payer system. It's embarrassing to say that Canada can do something but we can't. Oh, yes we can!"
(I ordinarily place here the current U.S. military death toll in Iraq, according to the website "Iraq Coalition Casualties". But that site is down right now. I don't know why.)

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