Reaction to “SiCKO`s` Portrayal of the U.S Health Care System


Reactionto “SiCKO’s’ Portrayal of the U.S Health Care System

Reaction to “SiCKO’s’ Portrayal of the U.S Health Care System

“SiCKO,” is a2007 Michael Moore’s documentary film, which investigates theUnited States health care system and the pharmaceutical industry. Thedocumentary film compares the non-universal, for-profit United Stateshealth care system with that of Canada, France, Cuna, and the UnitedKingdom (The Weinstein Company, 2007Being the CEO of one of thehealth insurance companies in the United States, the paper will lookat my response as the CEO and a stakeholder in the health careindustry, and how I would restore faith of the members towardsproviding better health care plans and coverage. In addition, thepaper would address some of the arising ethical concerns from thedocumentary.

As the CEO of oneof the health insurance companies, our mandate in industry is tooffer an affordable health cover to our clients. Since the film“SiCKO” investigates the non-universal, for-profits health carecompanies, my reaction about the film is that it will highly likelyto cause a “tipping point” for the health care reforms in theUnited States. Taking a closer look at the health care industry inthe country, the industry, according to Kotlikoff (2007), would bewilling to spend considerable amount of money to try and stop thefilm since we as the stakeholders in the industry, are afraid thefilm would cause a populist roar or uprising against what I wouldcall a sick health care system that allows companies to generateprofits over its clients whenever they fall sick.

In the movie,Michael Moore portrayed the United States’ health care system to bethat in crisis. My reaction is that of the film’s approval of itsintended message. However, the fact of the matter is that the movieappears to advocate for the complete elimination of the healthinsurance companies and instead provide a single-payer government runor an administered system, something which I am not sure the UnitedStates’ government could see it as mandatory government run.Kotlikoff (2007) observes that the mandatory government healthcarerun would be an answer to the many complex questions and problems tothe access of health care and quality service. Moreover, I often havemy concerns about individuals suggest that the government canestablish a new bureaucratic program, and push for this program todeliver quality and affordable services to every individual in needof them.

My work as the CEOis to work towards restoring faith in my member and clients alike,that we look forward to giving the best health plan and coverage theyneed. To do this, I would first distinguish our company from theothers by assuring the members and clients that we are not entirelyfor-profit insurance companies like the others without having tosound defensive. To restore faith in the members means revisiting thecompany’s plan and cover, before coming up with a reassuring plan.Pauly (2010) noted that a reassuring plan is that which comes withbenefits. As the CEO, I would ensure the benefits are characterizedwith cover pre-existing conditions, essential health benefits, andoffers free preventive services. In addition, the out-of-pocketcosts, which accompany the monthly premiums, would be fairly madeaffordable.

There are ethicalconcerns evident in the film SiCKO. There is no doubt Michael Moore’sfilm is enjoyable to watch due to perpetual action in every scene,humor, and the use of familiar names, thus making it familiar andrelevant. One of the ethical concerns is based on the director’suse of blatant disrespect of people and social norms. In the film,insurance companies are unethical, especially with the behavior ofinevitably leaving health insurance mandate to the market. It is notwrong for these companies to generate profits, but their refusal toprovide cover to women surfing from breast cancer is not ethical (Su&amp McGettrick, 2012). In addition, the application of informationasymmetries by these insurance companies also brings fourth theseethical concerns.


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Pauly, M. V. (2010). Health reform without side effects: Makingmarkets work for individual health insurance. Stanford, Calif:Hoover Institution Press.

Su, F., &amp McGettrick, B. (2012). Professional ethics:Education for a humane society. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.

The WeinsteinCompany (2007). SiCKO. Weinstein Company/Santa Monica CA.