Yes, Michael Moore is a bit “out there”. Yes, he is prone to exxageration, and yes, he can be overly dramatic. And yes, he drives some people batty.
Which is why he is so good. Which is why we also know that he has hit very close to the mark.
His latest movie, that takes a look at healthcare in the US, was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past Saturday. The reviews are good, for what it’s worth. More importantly, when it does open here, we should all go see it. We know that there are about 45 million uninsured people in this country. We know that many can’t afford their prescription medication and don’t take them, arbitrarily reduce the amount they take, split pills and so on in an attempt to follow their doctor’s instructions. We know that in some areas, finding a doctor can be difficult even with Medicare or insurance. We’ve all witnessed the bake sales and coin boxes trying to raise $100,000 or more so that someone can get on the list for a transplant, or someone was seriously injured and had no health insurance.
The movie opens in late June. The US Treasury Department has opened an “investigation” of a trip Moore made taking several 9/11 rescuers to Cuba for treatment that, it is claimed, was not available at home. The charge is that he might have broken the trade embargo with Cuba.
Now I really want to see the movie!