… All of which raises the question Mr. Moore asks at the beginning of â€œSickoâ€: who are we?
â€œWe have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics.â€ So declared F.D.R. in 1937, in words that apply perfectly to health care today. This isnâ€™t one of those cases where we face painful tradeoffs â€” here, doing the right thing is also cost-efficient. Universal health care would save thousands of American lives each year, while actually saving money.
So this is a test. The only things standing in the way of universal health care are the fear-mongering and influence-buying of interest groups. If we canâ€™t overcome those forces here, thereâ€™s not much hope for Americaâ€™s future.
See also “Sicko: Commenting on Commentaries.”