Date created: April 2010
Release date 2007
Duration 123 min
Producer(s) Chris Aldred, Judy Aley, Rod Birleson...more
Director(s) Michael Moore...more
Writer(s) Michael Moore...more
Cast Michael Moore, Tucker Albrizzi, Tony Benn...more
U.S Coast Guard officer:
Are you trying to get by?
Which way to Guantanamo Bay? Can we go? [Officer signals "no"]
We're not going to Cuba! We're going to America! It's American soil!
If this is what can happen between supposed enemies, if one enemy can hold out his hand and offer to heal, then what else is possible? That's when I heard that the man who runs the biggest anti-Michael Moore website was going to have to shut it down. He could no longer afford to keep it up because his wife was ill and he couldn't afford to pay for her health insurance. He was faced with a choice of either keep attacking me or pay for his wife's health. Fortunately, he chose his wife. But something seemed wrong about being forced into such a decision. Why, in a free country, shouldn't he be able to have health insurance and exercise his First Amendment right to run me into the ground? So I wrote him a check for the 12,000 dollars he needed to keep his wife insured and in treatment, and sent it to him anonymously. His wife got better and his website is still going strong.
Cuba is a little island in the Caribbean with little to no resources. We can do a lot to improve the people's health. This does not happen in the United States. Why are we able and you are not?
I'm wondering why you expect your fellow Canadians, who don't have your problem, why should they, through their tax dollars, have to pay for a problem you have.
Because we would do the same for them.
It's just the way it's always been, and so we hope it'll always be.
Right. But if you just had to pay for your problem, and don't pay for everybody else's problem - just take care of yourself.
Well, there are lots of people who aren't in a position to be able to do that. And somebody has to look out for them.
Are you a member of like the Socialist party here?
No. Well, actually I'm a member of the Conservative party. Is that bad?
Well, it's just a little confusing.
Well, it shouldn't be. I think that where medical matters are concerned, it wouldn't matter in Canada what party you were affiliated with.
[Linda Peeno speaking before Congress]
My name is Linda Peeno. I am here primarily today to make a public confession: In the Spring of 1987, as a physician, I denied a man a necessary operation that would of saved his life, and thus caused his death. No person, and no group has held me accountable for this, because in fact, what I did was I saved a company a half a million dollars for this. And for the more, this particular act secured my reputation as a good medical director, and it insured my continued advancement in the health care field. I went from making a few hundred dollars a week as a medical reviewer, to an escalating six-figure income as a physician executive. In all my work, I had one primary duty, and that was to use my medical expertise for the financial benefit for the organization which I worked. And I was told repeatedly that I was not denying care, I was simply denying payment. I know how managed care maims and kills patients. So I am here to tell you about the dirty work of managed care. And I'm haunted by the thousands of pieces of paper in which I have written that deadly word - "denied".