High theater met the hallowed halls of the nations capital last week, as filmmaker/provocateur Michael Moore stood side-by-side with members of Congress to denigrate the U.S. healthcare system. Oh, and to pitch his new movie, Sicko, which he was screening in Washington.
Flanked by several leading Democratic supporters, Mooresans his signature ball caprallied a packed hearing room June 20 by demonizing the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries and praising government-run, universal health coverage.
Sickness doesnt know Democrat or Republican, Moore said, adding that health coverage should be considered a right, not a privilege.
When Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) asked Moore why he titled the movie Sicko, the filmmaker hardly missed a beat: Because the broken healthcare system is exactly thatthe biggest sicko we got in this country.
In yet another of his ingenious marketing moves, Moore ran ads in the Washington papers that listed the names of hundreds of D.C. healthcare lobbyists from the pharmaceutical, health insurance and hospital communitiesand offered them free admission to a screening. The catch, however, was that a political group would be there streaming the event live on the Internet.