Got Healthcare? - trailer
Protesters on various sides of the recent health care insurance reform issues give their views, actively debated in Los Angeles in the summer of 2009 at street rallies, protests, and town hall meetings. The film uses a stream of conversation style that links interviews in an ongoing dialog to explain aspects of the issues involved, from the question of socialism, to reports of people dying for lack of health insurance, to arrests of protesters at sit-ins.
The film was shot with a consumer HD camcorder with no producer, crew, or script. Highlights include interviews with doctors and nurses at various rallies such as the Hollywood “Mad as Hell Doctors” rally, where Dr. Jo Olson, Dr. Paul Papanek and Dr. Susie Baldwin explain how the proposed public option plan will likely fail and amounts to little more than an insurance industry “jobs program” to protect the insurance industry from it’s demise as a single payer system would do.
Maureen Cruise, RN, very eloquently effectively narrates a sit-in protest at the Anthem Blue Cross offices in Los Angeles, and explains in detail how the public option plans are written by lobbyists and will have little positive effect in her view, how the U.S suffers from health care debt and how we compare to other countries that see health care as a human right.
The question of socialism is explored with Tamara Colbert of the right wing activist group, The Pasadena Patriots, as she points out her take on socialism, while reformers seemingly (through editing) respond with their views that socialism already exists for other public services in the U.S.
Throughout the film, President Obama explains his points as each issue is explored. Michael Moore describes how the foreclosure crisis is a result mostly of health care debt, and how our democracy is in jeopardy with so few controlling so much of the wealth in America.
A cast of over sixty people including the eloquent actor and activist Lucia Brawley and musician activist Sam Pullen (arrested at the Los Angeles sit-in), make for an interesting street survey of the ongoing health care debate.