More Moore: Health next
: Well, this is good news/bad news:
Michael Moore plans to tackle health care next.
Well, the good news is that health care is a subject that damned well needs tackling. It’s shameful what’s happening in this country: millions uninsured; people trapped in the wrong jobs just because of health benefits; money wasted on exploding insurance bureacracy; doctors’ time wasted with insurance time-wasters; proper and necessary care withheld from the sick; costs skyrocketing; malpractice rates driving doctors away…. Oh, Lord, it needs tackling.
The bad news: If Moore does as blunt and bad a job of it as he did with war and politics in Fahrenheit and gun control in Columbine, it ratchets-up and dumbs-down the debate. What we don’t need is more polemic and preaching to the converted and the sick. What we do need is intelligent, well-researched, strongly argued media that will set and change the agenda in both parties. Once upon a time, I might have thought that Moore could contribute to that debate. But that’s my real problem after Fahrenheit: He merely seethes and it’s too damned easy for the other side to ignore the slob seething in the corner.