Pharma Should Not Get Sick Over Sicko

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  • 06/18/2007
Not much in "Sicko," Moore's film advocating "free" universal health care for America. Rather, he spends a few minutes claiming that drug companies -- because Billy Tauzin wound up becoming head of PhRMA -- got the government to spend $800 billion on a new drug entitlement. Yawn. (PS/ He doesn't mention that Part D works and that seniors love it.)

In fact, there is not much of anything new in the movie as a whole. If you are a Moore loyalist you will rave how great it is. But mainly Moore recycles tired old arguments for national health care, abeit with more charm, humor and poignancy than most leftists can ever muster even when high. And Moore's fact and anecdotes are mostly incorrect, outdated and easily rebutted -- something we will take pleasure in doing here.

Does this mean that health care shouldn't more affordable or available or that 9-11 workers shouldn't have been given comprehensive care immediately? Of course not. But there are tradeoffs too. Moore keeps referring to "free" universal health care. Health care is neither free nor universal in the UK, Canada or France. But on the whole our system provides better care for more conditions with less rationing and about the same out of pocket spending (yes, folks) than all others.

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