sick of greed

July 13, 2008

I recently watched Michael Moore’s Sicko, his documentary based on the American health care system. I have learned to watch his films with a skeptical regard for his presentation of certain facts, but I have to say that he makes a highly entertaining, humorous, and thought-provoking documentary. Although Moore presents the universal health care systems in Canada, England, France, and Cuba as hospital paradises without acknowledging that they aren’t picture-perfect, his movie is valuable because it questions the way our society is run and explores alternatives practiced in other countries that would be an improvement for us.

As I watched the depiction of various problems that American people have encountered when dealing with health insurance, I couldn’t help but cringe at the realization that all of them stemmed from greed for wealth. Since when did the digits that follow a dollar sign take on more significance than compassion for another human being?

I have heard of one alternative to regular heath insurance: Christian Healthcare Ministries. It’s a non-profit organization that was created based on the idea that when one person is in need, people of the church can pool their resources to help that person out. It’s health insurance minus the multi-millionaire middle-man. Given that I only just graduated from college and have yet to worry about my own health insurance, I have limited knowledge about health insurance altogether. But I do know that there has to be a better way than making health care available to people in proportion to how much money they have and forgetting to consider their equal value as people.