Capitol Hill Briefing

Health Care on Film: Clips from SiCKO and Its Competitors

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Date and Time
June 21, 2007 8:30 - 10 AM EDT
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building
With comments by: Stuart Browning, Fellow, Moving Picture Institute; Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and Ezra Klein, Writing Fellow, American Prospect.

Michael Moore’s new documentary SiCKO unfavorably contrasts the U.S. health care system with government‐​run systems. According to Moore, the U.S. system leaves millions of Americans behind and allows insurance companies to profit by denying care to cancer patients. Meanwhile, patients in Canada, Cuba, and the United Kingdom receive quality care free of charge. Several short films from the Moving Picture Institute argue the opposite. Do these films provide an accurate or complete picture? Clips from SiCKO and the Moving Picture Institute will serve as a launching pad for a discussion of health care system failures, domestic and foreign.