Monday, July 27, 2009

Health is a human right

Citizens of Australia,

Before you read anything in the corporate media, the ABC or believe anything your politicians tell you about health, please make the effort to see this movie:

"The words "health care" and "comedy" aren't usually found in the same sentence, but in Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore's new movie 'SiCKO,' they go together hand in (rubber) glove.

Opening with profiles of several ordinary Americans whose lives have been disrupted, shattered, and—in some cases—ended by health care catastrophe, the film makes clear that the crisis doesn't only affect the 47 million uninsured citizens millions of others who dutifully pay their premiums often get strangled by bureaucratic red tape as well.

After detailing just how the system got into such a mess (the short answer: profits and Nixon), we are whisked around the world, visiting countries including Canada, Great Britain and France, where all citizens receive free medical benefits. Finally, Moore gathers a group of 9/11 heroes – rescue workers now suffering from debilitating illnesses who have been denied medical attention in the US. He takes them to a most unexpected place, and in addition to finally receiving care, they also engage in some unexpected diplomacy. "

Health, education, childcare, post, emergency services, public transport and jails will never be delivered for your benefit by private corporations. Some things can only be done properly by your government. You already pay taxes for this.

See "SiCKO" before listening to 'free market' spiel about health.

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