A clip from Michael Moore's appearance on Oprah. Speaking of CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) Michael reminds the insurance shill that "you own these guys"
Chris Matthews interviews Michael Moore about his documentary Sicko and U.S. Healthcare. Near the end of this segment Chris Matthews talks about Metformin a drug he uses as an example of the benefits of U.S. system. I wonder if he knew that,
Metformin, an oral antidiabetic drug marketed by Merck, has a long and eventful history. The breakthrough of metformin, a dimethylbiguanide, was made possible by Jean Sterne (1919-1997), a French physician and pharmacologist, in the mid-1950s. Twenty years earlier, scientists had already documented the blood sugar lowering effect of biguanides. Because of its unique mechanism of action and comparatively few and mild side effects, metformin is the only biguanide to have stood the test of time and continues to be a mainstay in the management of type 2 diabetes. Glucophage® (the Merck brand of metformin that literally means "glucose eater") was first launched in 1958 in France by Laboratoires Aron, a Suresnes (Paris)-based French company. . .
Brian Smith: I was wondering what you thought about the possibility of illegal immigrants getting this government financed health care.
Michael Moore: I think that any individual who is in this country should be able to see a doctor if they're sick.
Brian Smith: Even if they're not a citizen?
Michael Moore: Well of course, they're a human being. I mean what would Jesus do right?
Brian Smith: So what would keep . . .
Michael Moore: Do you think Jesus would ask to see your citizenship papers?
Keith talks to Michael about the dust-up with CNN and healthcare generally, as well as the media's failed role in exposing the administration's lies.
US scientists believe they may have found a way to stop the growing problem of bacteria becoming resistant to current drug treatments..
They have found drugs called bisphosphonates block an enzyme used by bacteria to swap genes, and acquire or spread resistance to antibiotic drugs
Michael Moore and CNN's Sanjay Gupta on Larry King LivePart 1
A couple of responses from Michael to questions from viewers on Larry King Friday night. The first is in response to the charge leveled in the Wall Street Journal article, a red herring, that several have cited. The second a question where the viewer points out that the U.S. is better in one category.
Related: Analysis: 'Sicko' numbers mostly accurate. . .
Moore says that the U.S. spends more of its gross domestic product on health care than any other country.
Again, that's true. The United States spends more than 15 percent of its GDP on health care -- no other nation even comes close to that number. France spends about 11 percent, and Canadians spend 10 percent.
Like Moore, we also found that more money does not equal better care. Both the French and Canadian systems rank in the Top 10 of the world's best health-care systems, according to the World Health Organization. The United States comes in at No. 37. The rankings are based on general health of the population, access, patient satisfaction and how the care's paid for.
So, if Americans are paying so much and they're not getting as good or as much care, where is all the money going? "Overhead for most private health insurance plans range between 10 percent to 30 percent," says Deloitte health-care analyst Paul Keckley. Overhead includes profit and administrative costs.
"Compare that to Medicare, which only has an overhead rate of 1 percent. Medicare is an extremely efficient health-care delivery system," says Mark Meaney, a health-care ethicist for the National Institute for Patient Rights.
Oprah interviews Michael Moore on his latest documentary, SickoPart 1
Bill interviews Michael Moore on the documentary Sicko and a little on politics.
A song parody of Cat Stevens tune, "Father and Son", written, produced and sung by Stew (the man of 1000 voices). I love America and support the troops but sometimes dissent is patriotic. Dedicated to Jon Stewart, Al Franken, Michael Moore and especially for all those who lost their lives in the Iraqi debacle. Don't shoot the messenger. ;) Peace on earth, goodwill to all!