June 20th, 2007
05:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Moore promotes movie and legislation on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore came to an overflowing committee room on Capitol Hill Wednesday to promote his new movie about America's healthcare system and to say that the system is on life support.

"Every American has a human right that when they get sick, they have a right to go to a doctor and not have to worry about whether or not they can afford it," said Moore.

The director of the new documentary titled "Sicko" surrounded himself with dozens of Congress' most liberal members and touted his support for their National Health Insurance Act, which would eradicate all private and non-profit health care companies and instead establish a publicly financed single-payer health care system.

"No more uninsured! No more partially insured!" declared Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, to thunderous applauses.

Among all the Democrats running for president, Kucinich is the only one supporting this legislation and Michael Moore is taking notice.

"Dennis Kucinich certainly comes the closest of what we need to see," Moore said.

Producers of the film invited all 435 members of Congress to a private screening of his scathing film on the healthcare industry. They did not say how many members will be attending.

- CNN Congressional Producer Evan Glass

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. S. S Yonkers, NY

    What I would like to know is who is doing Hillary's job as NY senator while she has been campaigning for a new position nonstop ????

    June 20, 2007 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Aaron Lynch, Lynnwood, WA

    After bowling for columbine, I don't trust anything Michael Moore has to say. I'm glad he cares about healthcare, but his opinion is void to me.

    June 20, 2007 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  3. bret, atl, ga

    Doesn't this ignore all the examples around the world of where this type of system sucks?

    The healthcare system is completely broken, I agree, but the problem is the government. That by default precludes it from being the solution.

    June 20, 2007 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  4. jerry/corpus christi texas

    Before anybody gets all rowdy about Michael Moore and his heatlth care movie and Dennis and his no more uninsured rabble rousing, has anybody aken a look at the health care plans in Maine. The Dirigo Health Initiative was signed into law in June 2003. This plan was supposed to eliminate the uninsured in Maine within five years. Before Dirigo choice went on the market in 2004, there were 130,000 people in Maine without health insurance. In 2005, that number went up to 141,000. $33 million dollars were spent in just two years FY2005 and FY2006 and $57 million projected to be spent in 2007. Two million dollars for consultants in 2006, which is twice the amount of dirigo health's total administrative budget. I could go on and on, but with Hillary pushing her socialized medicine, this is why the goverment needs to stay out of the medical field.

    June 20, 2007 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    The best remedies: get educated, make enough money to afford medical care, live wisely and stay healthy. I don't think anyone can or will do much of anything for those who can't do all of these things. Especially Hillary, who failed once despite the illegal cloak of secrecy under which her project for Bubba was conducted.

    June 20, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  6. Fabio Escobar, Amherst NY

    Is it legal to hold political rallies in a capitol committee room?

    June 21, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  7. B. Chen

    Moore gets the problem right. His solution is the same old one: using the government (which is the main problem) to solve the problem. Can we really trust the government (remember Iraq, Katrina, veteran hospital, etc.) to do the right thing? Big government + Big insurance company = Health Care Breakdown.

    June 21, 2007 03:05 am at 3:05 am |
  8. Kathy, West Deptford, New Jersey

    The insurance industry doesn't care about our health. They only care about their profits. Their profits could be insuring millions. I believe Michael Moore and Dennis Kucinich are finally getting it right. The trouble is – the insurance companies will buy the politicians. It's a great idea, but a very difficult task. I believe we're lucky to have someone like Michael Moore to show us what is really going on in our country. Whether you like him or not, he surely gets the conversation going.
    I hope Michael Moore stands behind Dennis. Dennis is the only candidate for the middle class.

    June 21, 2007 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. Lucas, Knoxville, TN

    Bowling for Columbine had it's faults i.e. with poking at Charlton Heston but the movie raised a lot of issues that we don't discuss and that's why it was great. I'm definitely checking this movie out. Although you may disagree with what he has to say, we're bringing this huge issue to light and discussion will hopefully yield some positive results. The current status quo is hugely failing this country so I think everyone should be open to anything at this point.

    June 21, 2007 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. E. Elliott, Orlando, FL

    I have to feel sorry for the blindness of some people. Go to college and get a good job so you can afford health care. For those smart enough to get into college or have a family that makes adequate donations to Yale, that is fine, assuming their family is already wealthy and they can afford it. So they get that job, whoopie. Then the GOP donor that owns the company out sources it to India to someone making 10% of your pay and the job disappears, presto, no Health care, 4 kids with braces and mumps. And government is not the problem. It is incompetent government run by the crooks that put Dick Chaney and his pet in the white house. The same executive branch that brough you the Katria fiasco and the Coast Guard's Deepwater scandal also heloped get billions in no bid comntratcs for their associates in Halliburton and prevent responsibe pricing for medical serive. I wold agree to limt medical torts as long as the bad guys in malpractice cases still get held responsible. But that happens as often with Docters as it does with Lawyers if there is no court decison to drive the corrective action. The answer is socialized medicine for the masses administered by an independent governmental agency with responsible – read Democratic, oversight. And you rich guys can still have your rolls royce medical care.

    June 21, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. Aaron Lynch, Lynnwood, WA

    "Bowling for Columbine had it’s faults i.e. with poking at Charlton Heston but the movie raised a lot of issues that we don’t discuss and that’s why it was great."

    Yeah right. Get your facts strait. There was almost 0 fact in that movie. Have you done any research on this subject? The film wasn't based on facts. He rose false issues, addressing false problems, and flat out lied. Do a little research about this film, and you'll find that almost everything in it is a flat out lie.

    June 22, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |