health care, movie, political theology

SiCKO

I’ll just say it: It is fundamentally anti-Christian to make money at the expense of some else’s body.

The health insurance companies are driven by profit, which may or may not be bad, but it seems this world has room for profit, even a Christian idea of earnings certainly understands profit in a positive sense. Nevertheless, to profit by purposely denying someone the means at treatment for the sake of profit is a God damn evil (and I use God damn in the most literal sense possible). In fact, it seems that in the biblical view – both in the Jewish scriptures and the Christian scriptures – we are to lose money on other people and runs counter to American society’s treatment of people. In other people’s needs, we are to give instead of withholding. Its as simple as that. Sure there are nuances, but the text is boiled down to losing and not keeping. Therefore we ought not stand for this corrupt system. It is the needy to whom we are called – the oppressed for their obvious needs, and to save the oppressor from their corruption. Universal socialized healthcare certainly has its own problems and frustrations, but at least it cares for more than just the wealthy.

I saw SiCKO last night, hence the statement. I knew I already didn’t like the idea of how the insurance system, or the pharmaceuticals companies did business. I knew these systems were greedy, but that wasn’t so different from the rest of Wall Street. However, even if you do not like Michael Moore, this system wide indictment cannot, should not, be ignored. The corruption is not isolated to specific incidents; the system itself is broken.

I actually think SiCKO is one of Moore’s better films. Bowling for Columbine was eye opening, but Farenhiet 9/11 was not so helpful – the first half an hour or so was a bunch of ad hominem arguments that preached to the choir and that soured the over all impression movie and his arguments, however in the second half he did much better. SiCKO was about questions and in my mind surpassed the previous documentaries because of this. Frankly, Moore didn’t need much of an agenda, other than wondering how we can improve the health care system, to shape this movie – after each question was answered more were discovered and this drove the movie. In short, the movie was explorative and imagining, showing what the US is like and what the US could look like. The comparison was sitting there just waiting to be filmed.

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