Michael Moore's documentary on the woeful state of healthcare in the United States has most of the strengths and weaknesses of Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and his other muckraking entertainments. That is, it's short on facts and figures (other than that the US spends $2.1 trillion annually for healthcare and still ranks only 37th in the world in that department) and long on Moore's personal touches, like his grim prank of taking sick 9/11 rescue workers to Cuba for free medical treatment after they were denied it here. By now, it should only matter that Moore has been right about every social ill he's addressed -- from gun control to off-shoring to the depredations of the petro industry -- and that he's one of the few effective antidotes to corporate-think that people will actually buy tickets to watch. The rest is politics. Best scene: Cuban firefighters honoring their "brothers" injured in the line of duty.
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