Too Much Shtick-o in
Sicko, populist film director Michael Moore's take on the illnesses of our employer-based insurance system, does a fine job of documenting of how ordinary people can suffer--both from bureaucratic obstacles and heartless health insurance bean counters who deny treatment. Only the heartless among us can not be moved by these tales and Moore should be congratulated for capturing them. But move beyond these stories--as gripping as they are--and consider the film's main message, that government-sponsored universal health insurance is a healthcare panacea. At this juncture, the film begins to wobble like its rotund director.