Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Selinde, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. Selinde

    Selinde New Member

    Michael Moore, the film-maker who is well known for his documentaries (Roger and Me, Bowling for Columbine, and Fahrenheit 9/11) is making a film about the US healthcare system and is soliciting "horror stories" from average Americans who have had or are having problems with insurance co.s, HMO's, having no insurance, etc.

    I feel that this is a *wonderful* opportunity for FMS/CFS patients to get their stories out into the community, and perhaps gain wider recognition for these disabling diseases. Please Note: I am receiving NO compensation of any kind to pass on this message - I am merely doing so to give others in the FMS/CFS community the opportunity to participate if they wish to. (I received this letter because I am on Michael Moore's mailing list)

    Here is the full text of his letter, if you wish to participate:

    Send Me Your Health Care Horror Stories... An Appeal from Michael Moore



    How would you like to be in my next movie? I know you've probably heard I'm making a documentary about the health care industry (but the HMOs don't know this, so don't tell them -- they think I'm making a romantic comedy).

    If you've followed my work over the years, you know that I keep a pretty low profile while I'm making my movies. I don't give interviews, I don't go on TV and I don't defrost my refrigerator. I do keep my website updated on a daily basis (there's been something like 4,000,000 visitors just this week alone) and the rest of the time I'm... well, I can't tell you what I'm doing, but you can pretty much guess. It gets harder and harder sneaking into corporate headquarters, but I've found that just dying my hair black and wearing a skort really helps.

    Back to my invitation to be in my movie. Have you ever found yourself getting ready to file for bankruptcy because you can't pay your kid's hospital bill, and then you say to yourself, "Boy, I sure would like to be in Michael Moore's health care movie!"?

    Or, after being turned down for the third time by your HMO for an operation they should be paying for, do you ever think to yourself, "Now THIS travesty should be in that 'Sicko' movie!"?

    Or maybe you've just been told that your father is going to have to just, well, die because he can't afford the drugs he needs to get better -- and it's then that you say, "Damn, what did I do with Michael Moore's home number?!"

    OK, here's your chance. As you can imagine, we've got the goods on these crooks. All we need now is to put a few of you in the movie and let the world see what the greatest country ever in the history of the universe does to its own people, simply because they have the misfortune of getting sick. Because getting sick, unless you are rich, is a crime -- a crime for which you must pay, sometimes with your own life.

    About four hundred years from now, historians will look back at us like we were some sort of barbarians, but for now we're just the laughing stock of the Western world.

    So, if you'd like me to know what you've been through with your insurance company, or what it's been like to have no insurance at all, or how the hospitals and doctors wouldn't treat you (or if they did, how they sent you into poverty trying to pay their crazy bills) ...if you have been abused in any way by this sick, greedy, grubby system and it has caused you or your loved ones great sorrow and pain, let me know.

    Send me a short, factual account of what has happened to you -- and what IS happening to you right now if you have been unable to get the health care you need. Send it to I will read every single one of them (even if I can't respond to or help everyone, I will be able to bring to light a few of your stories).

    Thank you in advance for sharing them with me and trusting me to try and do something about a very corrupt system that simply has to go.

    Oh, and if you happen to work for an HMO or a pharmaceutical company or a profit-making hospital and you have simply seen too much abuse of your fellow human beings and can't take it any longer -- and you would like the truth to be told -- please write me at I will protect your privacy and I will tell the world what you are unable to tell. I am looking for a few heroes with a conscience. I know you are out there.

    Thank you, all of you, for your help and your continued support through the years. I promise you that with "Sicko" we will do our best to give you not only a great movie, but a chance to bring down this evil empire, once and for all.

    In the meantime, stay well. I hear fruits and vegetables help.

    Michael Moore

  2. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Thanks for posting! I am looking forward to the movie.

  3. ilovecats94

    ilovecats94 New Member

    contact him about it. Write down his email addy before it is deleted. Pretty easy to remember. lol

    After my son was in the auto accident on 11/22, he finally received a hospital bill of almost $10 K. Well after his insurance paid, he got another bill saying he owed the hospital $7 K. He got really upset, but called his attorney and the attorney told him they would take care of it, for him not to worry.

    Thanks, Selinde, for posting this. :)

  4. maggiemae55

    maggiemae55 New Member

    I was just thinking, if you re-title this you will probably get more responses.

    I remember seeing somewhere (can't remember where!?)that this would be his next film. With all the health care issues out there now, this is probably a prime time.

  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

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    maggiemae55 New Member

  7. maris

    maris New Member

    What a great idea. I know that Micheal Moore can rub people the wrong way, but I love this health care industry movie idea.

    Things must change in this country. Health care must be made available to all, reguardless of income.

    I agree, if you re-titled your post, you probably would get more responses.