Michael Moore’s newest documentary about the health care system in the United States opened in theatres across North America to great fanfare. ‘Sicko’ tells the story of the nearly 50 million Americans living without health insurance. Moore also compares and contrasts the U.S. system to Canada, France and the U.K. by showing the basic health services provided free-of-charge to citizens of these countries. Near the end of the film, Moore tries to take ailing 9/11 workers to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to seek treatment, because this is the only place on American soil where health care is free. But he ends up in Havana, where world-class treatment is given to them at a state-of-the-art facility. Now Moore is being investigated by the U.S. Treasury Department for his antics, which has obviously helped him significantly at the box office. Love him or hate him, Michael Moore knows how to engage the public with his films and make these issues a priority for all Americans.

Adam Bemma is a journalist, humanitarian, and media consultant based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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