As you know, I read the Flash Report daily so you don’t have to, but this postÃ‚Â by Fresno Lincoln Club co-founder and chairman Michael Der Manouel, is so over the top that it has to be an embarrassment to the site’s publisher.Ã‚Â And if it isn’t, it should be.
Der Manouel has declared filmmaker and documentarian Michael MooreÃ‚Â a “war profiteer” simply because the 2004 documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11” grossed well over $200 million.
Moore is promoting his new documentary, “Sicko” about the nation’s healthcare system. And without having seen this film (or Moore’s last one I’m sure), Der Manouel is criticizing the film and Moore’s criticism of the profit motive in America’s healthcare system.
I don’t know about you, but when I think War Profiteer, I can’t help but think of our current Vice President Dick Cheney.Ã‚Â Between deferred salary from Halliburton, the massive value increase of Halliburton stock rising since 9/11 and the Iraq War, plus to move to privatize many functions of the war to cronies of the administration, I think the vice president is a better bet for War Profiteer than Michael Moore.
Here’s the money shot:Ã‚Â “…wonder if there could be anyone dumber than this guy.Ã‚Â The profit motive in health care drives all innovation, all advancement, all efficiency and all progress in the industry.Ã‚Â Socialist countries with single payer health care produce no advanced medical technology of their own, no new pharmaceutical drugs, and massive rationing and wait times.Ã‚Â Nobody from the United States goes to Canada for advanced treatments.”
No, seniors go to Canada for cheaper prescripion drugs.
I’m going to take a wild guess and say he’s never heard of AstraZeneca of Sweden or Novartis of Switzerland, GlaxoSmithKline from the UK and Bayer from Germany (of course the US has Pfizer and Amgen et al).Ã‚Â
With graduation season upon us and having so many neighbors enrolling in pre-med in college, some of my neighbors want to find a cure for AIDs and cancer; I’ll have to set the kids straight that its all about making money instead.Ã‚Â Most of the medical biographies I’ve read discuss the subjects desire to cure or better treat disease; making a buck at it seemed so, so…secondary.
And Der Manouel must not be familiar with the growing medical tourism industry; from the MedJourneys.com website:
Medical tourism is quickly becoming one of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fastest growing industriesÃ¢â‚¬â€growing approximately 30% a year. Healthcare analysts are currently forecasting it to become a 4 billion dollar industry within next few years. Countries like Thailand, India, Costa Rica and Brazil, just to name a few, are at the forefront of this industry with more than 1.3 million tourists per year seeking low-cost medical care abroad. The burgeoning industry has been the focus of many recent in depth reports, including an article in Time Magazine and a segment on 60-Minutes.