Where’s Michael Moore When We Need Him?
I just ran across this interesting blogpost by Debbie Schlussel about a man by the name of Francisco Chaviano and his experiences with the Cuban healthcare system.
Remember Michael Moore’s flash-in-the-pan “Sicko” movie, which didn’t last long in theaters? Remember how Moore showed us 9/11 rescue workers getting instant, excellent, VIP healthcare in Havana, Cuba?
Well, don’t tell Francisco Chaviano how great CastroCare is. The Cuban dissident was paroled last week after 13 years behind bars, Cuba’s longest serving political prisoner. His crime: He was fighting for human rights in Cuba. So, in 1994, a secret Cuban military court sentenced him to 15 years in prison for “revealing state secrets.”
Now, Chaviano has a lung tumor and heart problems, which haven’t been treated at all in Cuba, the country whose healthcare the flabulous Michael Moore loves so much (but yet doesn’t go there to get his own check-ups). Chaviano hopes to come to–drum roll, please–America for surgery.
But he’s not sure Cuba will let him leave. Maybe Michael Moore can do the right thing and talk to his friend Fidel to get Chaviano freed from the country for proper healthcare here in America.
One of the good results of Michael Moore’s crockumentary is that at least a few of the 9/11 first responders received treatment for their injuries. I think Schlussel makes a great point here: Michael Moore should use this same clout with Castro to help this man receive the healthcare he needs. Perhaps he should give Mr. Chaviano his “Sicko Card” so that he can demand healthcare from Cuba or demand that he can leave the socialist island paradise for America. I’m sure that since Cuba’s healthcare system is so much more superior to ours, this should not be a problem.
“SiCKo” Patients Received Better Treatment than the Average Cuban by Stephen Littau
PETA Swerves Into the Truth by Stephen Littau
Single-Payer Health Care Doesn’t Work, And Michael Moore Is Wrong by Doug Mataconis
“You Like Europe’s Health Care So Much? Then Go Live There” by guest blogger UCrawford