Michael Moore’s “Sicko” Stunt … Who is the real Sicko?


Michael Moore’s latest stunt in his “hate America” agenda and his  movie “Sicko” takes the prize. In an effort to show his contempt for America, the American medical and insurance industry as well as President George W. Bush, Moore was going to take ailing  911 Ground Zero workers to Communist Cuba for health care. How is it that some one has so much hate in their heart that they would exploit those that they claim to be exploited? Michael Moore is nothing more than a profiteer and worse than those that he claims to rail against.

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s production company took ailing Ground Zero responders to Cuba in a stunt aimed at showing that the U.S. health-care system is inferior to Fidel Castro’s socialized medicine, according to several sources with knowledge of the trip.

The trip was to be filmed as part of the controversial director’s latest documentary, “Sicko,” an attack on American drug companies and HMOs that Moore hopes to debut at the Cannes Film Festival next month. (NY Post)

One really has to wonder about an individual who would use others and exploit their situation for their own personal financial and political gain. WHO IS THE REAL SICKO?

“He’s using people that are in a bad situation and that’s wrong, that’s morally wrong,” railed Jeff Endean, a former SWAT commander from Morris County, N.J., who spent a month at Ground Zero and suffers from respiratory problems.

Regardless, some ill 9/11 workers balked at Moore’s idea.

“I would rather die in America than go to Cuba,” said Joe Picurro, a Toms River, N.J., ironworker approached by the filmmaker via an e-mail that read, “Joe and Mike in Cuba.”

After helping remove debris from Ground Zero, Picurro has a laundry list of respiratory and other ailments so bad that he relies on fund-raisers to help pay his expenses.

He said, “I just laughed. I couldn’t do it.”


Another ill worker who said he was willing to take the trip ended up being stiffed by Moore.

So the question really is, what is worse? People who claim others have been taken advantage of, or those that would further exploit and profit off those that have been wronged already? Michael Moore is the real Sicko.

But McCormack said he was abandoned by Moore. At a March fund-raiser for another 9/11 responder in New Jersey, McCormack learned Moore had gone to Cuba without him.

“It’s the ultimate betrayal,” he said. “You’re promised that you’re going to be taken care of and then you find out you’re not. He’s trying to profiteer off of our suffering.”

Posted April 15, 2007 by
9/11, Healthcare, Politics | 22 comments

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    22 Responses to “Michael Moore’s “Sicko” Stunt … Who is the real Sicko?”

    1. ldstlou on April 15th, 2007 3:49 pm

      Somebody has to do something!!! At least maybe these heroes will finally get the media exposure to their health problems and heathcare they deserve!!!

      Ailing NY Ground Zero workers demand more help
      By Tom Hals | January 31, 2007

      NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rescue workers with chronic illnesses they attribute to exposure to the rubble at the World Trade Center site demanded long-term support from the government on Wednesday, and one advocate feared it could become “America’s Chernobyl.”

      As President George W. Bush met the son of a World Trade Center rescue worker who died of lung disease, a group of residents, paramedics and union members gathered at the site and demanded hundreds of millions of dollars to help workers who cleared the area after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

      “This could be America’s Chernobyl, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Mariama James, a resident of the neighborhood near the World Trade Center.

      While Washington is spending billions of dollars protecting the country from terrorism, it is doing nothing to help those who worked to clear the site, she said.

      Carpenter Jimmy Nolan, who worked and slept at the site for three weeks, said, “The government didn’t think they’d see these problems for 20 to 30 years, not in five years.”

    2. Barbara on April 15th, 2007 4:50 pm



      Who will see that Michael Moore moves to Cubs PERMANENTLY!!



    3. Carpe Noctem on April 15th, 2007 5:28 pm

      Stuff a fricken’ apple in his mouth,

      and call him Arnold, from Green Acres.

      Moore is LESS, dah-ling!

      dum dum de dum dummm BOINK BOINK!

    4. Brad on April 15th, 2007 5:48 pm

      Why is it that George W and the amazing US health care system is not looking after those people, surely rather than condemn the person who is brave enough to bring the problem to light it might be an idea to ask the question “why are these people not being cared for”.

    5. Joanie on April 15th, 2007 5:56 pm

      And Michael; while you’re at it, take that HARPY Ann Coulter with you. Afterall, all the 911 widows are harpys in her book. Gee….Ann & Michael….great bed buddies

    6. Allan K on April 15th, 2007 6:27 pm

      I agree with you 4&5. I am glad he is exposing the HMO’s and the amazing health care system.
      Drugs are marked up 700 to 900% somebody is making some money.
      I wonder how much the CEO’s get?

    7. Scared Monkeys on April 15th, 2007 7:43 pm

      Brad, you are a clown. Michael Moore does not look after anyone. He exploites poeple and uses them as pawns for his own economic gain.

      Maybe you need to go to Cuba as well.


    8. Joanie on April 15th, 2007 7:51 pm

      Allen – 700 to 900% mark up? GEEZE! Now I am sick. Our state just allowed internet purchasing on perscription drugs from Canada – half price. My father in law gets Remicade infusions at over $1600 each time. He has wonderful health care coverage, but what if he didn’t? Still….Michael Moore is not helping the situation. He could call attention to the drug pricing problem in this country – but…oh…I forgot….he is a publicity monger. Someday, he may get sick and then he will see.

    9. Scared Monkeys on April 15th, 2007 7:54 pm

      Allan K,

      If you really think that MM has people’s best interest in mind, you really need to re-think much.

      I have my issues with insurance carriers and drug companies in this country … however, if you all think socialized medicine is the answer take a good look at our VA system.

      People like MM who use and exploit situations for their own purpose are more of a problem.

      The BS is that drug companies do offer “sample” programs for many of their drugs to people who cannot afford them. Also, many dr’s do offer discounts to people who do not have insurance.

      It is actually cheaper for dr’s to accept cash and not have to pay a staff for the production of a claim, sending it, getting it denied, reviewing it and posting of payments. On top of it there is no 2 – 3 week waiting period to receive payment.

      The truth of the matter is that many have bought into the “non” insured media hype. The reality is that most people who have “no” insurance only need catastrophic insurance. They hardly ever use their insurance and if they do its only 1, 2, 3 times a year.

      Its actually cheaper for many to only have catastrophic insurance. The money one save over a year is not even close to what one pays out of pocket.

      Getting back to Michael Moore … he is an ass who only exploits situations. He serves no functional purpose. He is part of the blame GWB crowd.

      News flash to everyone … GWB is not the cause of all the evils in the world. There have been many prior Presidents … aka Bill Clinton … who did nothing.


    10. ldstlou on April 15th, 2007 9:08 pm

      Thanks for taking all the heat Brad!! (sarcasm) Why didn’t anyone address my post which was #1?! Brad and I seem to agree and have the same message!! Like Moore or not, question his motives…fine go ahead. But at least he is drawing attention to the problem!! Why isn’t anyone else addressing the issue??!!
      These unsung heroes…came through for their country!! When the chips were down…and people needed their help, they were there, scavaging the ruins of the fallen towers for survivors, at first, and then finally remains to send home to loved ones to bury. These men and women were there for us. Now their bodies are paying the price for their heroic deeds…and where are they to receice help??!! It IS A SHAME!!!! that Moore is able to exploit the situation!!! But if theses people were treated as they should be!! as the heroes they truely are!! there would be nothing to exploit now would there be???!! This ticks me to no end…the bashing!! At least Moore is doing SOMETHING!!! to draw attention to this travesty!!

    11. Allan K on April 15th, 2007 10:04 pm

      I could care less about Bush or Clinton, thought we were talking about health care.

      I never said MM had our interests at heart.

      Never seen or heard of any sample drug programs or discounts.
      Where are they at?

      To 1,4,5, see what you started!

    12. Allan K on April 15th, 2007 10:13 pm

      I have my issues with insurance carriers and drug companies in this country … however, if you all think socialized medicine is the answer take a good look at our VA system.

      Lets look at one of the oldest government healtcare.

      ue to some concerns over the viability of GDP spending and OECD rankings, I’m going to be changing some of the metrics I use here. Per capita, Germany spends $2,817 on health care for its citizens. America spends $5,267 (which in unbelievably high, by the way — you should really check out how nuts that is, a point well-made by this Excel file comparison). According to the WHO, Germany’s health care system is #6 in fairness of financial burden, #14 in overall goal attainment, and #14 in terms of overall performance. America’s system is 54th in fairness(!), 15th in goal attainment, and 37th in overall performance.

    13. Richard on April 15th, 2007 10:25 pm

      If Michael Moore wishes to tout the “superiority” of Cuba’s health system over ours, I suggest he contact some of the Cubans who flee over shark-infested waters to Miami.

      It’s true that prices are high. High prices also help lure talented people, so it’s a two-edged sword. I certainly don’t have the answers, but I know that it’s very simple for people with little money to get pharmaceutical products.
      At least medical treatment is available here.

      I don’t see too many people fleeing to Cuba for anything.

    14. Brad on April 16th, 2007 3:06 am

      #12 is interesting, in Germany though full Medical Insurance is mandatory, above a certain wage one is allowed to chose private Insurance over state, but basically nobody has to suffer a life time of medical or dental problems through not being able to afford treatment. I just did a google to see if I could find the difference in price for having a tooth pulled(Germany compared to the US), I did not find it but I found a forum which should never exist in these times, it seems there are thousands of people who cannot afford to have their teeth fixed:
      Surely the simple existence of such a forum shows that there is something wrong with the health system in the US.
      I once played golf with three old aged pensioners in Florida, one of which said that they were enjoying it as long as they were healthy because “In the US if you are rich and you get sick, you are going to get poor, but if you are poor and you get sick then y’r gonna die”.
      Of course, anyone who earns a good enough wage, has paid up their dues to an Insurance company which has not gone out of business and put asside enough money to continue paying the premiums to their dying day will be fine.

    15. Freebrid on April 16th, 2007 9:00 am

      SM you are correct my husband paid out 3700.00 dollars of his pay check for our insurance last year and he went to the dr. 2 times and I only went once. Most people don’t even need Insurance but you never know what might happen. As for everyone wanting the government to pay out money where do they think the money is going to come from! The working people! It don’t grow on trees! And MM needs to get a life! He uses people just to make him richer and the bad thing about is the American people into it by going to watch this crap! I’m proud to say I’ve never watched any of his shit, just hereing about it made me sick!

    16. kay zee ess on April 16th, 2007 9:37 am

      Is it really that difficult to have ground zero responders taken care of and treated as the heroes they are?

      Can’t we have ANYTHING bipartisan any longer? If anyting cries out for our Nation coming together, it would be an issue like this. We seem to ignore these heroes, deny them their needs, then decry some carpetbagger for jumping on this and STILL DO NOT GIVE TWO HOOTS ABOUT THESE HEROES!!

      What has happened to us as a great country is truly a shame, for both Democrats and Republicans. We are willing to fight tooth and nail to make sure those who sacrifice themselves for our country do not get the proper care they are entitled to. That goes for the VA as well.

      Oh well, I guess I’m just talking to myself again, but what the hey, it felt good to get it out.

      I do not care for Michael Moore and he should be ashamed of himself for a lot worse things than this, for this is truly OUR SHAME.

    17. SUPER DAVE on April 16th, 2007 9:48 am

      i agree with BRAD. i was in the hospital for a heart cath. i was there for 6 hours and my bill was $26,000.00 only to be told that i had 2 blockages at 45% and they would not stent me now but to wait until they were 70% and then come back ? they were probably hoping that i would die first.
      what they wanted was another $26,000.00 .
      you pay taxes all your life and when you die, all you are
      worth, depending on which state you live in, is $250.00 !

    18. Black Francis on April 16th, 2007 11:19 am

      To deny that the health care system in this country is anything other than a travesty is denying the truth about the situation. I am not a big Moore fan, but if these people who worked to essentially rebuild America after the horrible attacks of 911 have to go to Cuba to get treated, it is truly a sad state of affairs. I applaud someone (even if it is Moore) for sticking up for these people.

      Instead of trying to crucify Moore here, maybe we should be looking closely at the issue and see that America is being short changed by the Health Care Lobby and those politicians that are benefitting from them. Surely I am not the only one that has noticed that insurance payments are growing while the care provided is getting progressively worse.

    19. SUPER DAVE on April 16th, 2007 1:16 pm


    20. Jon on April 16th, 2007 4:12 pm

      #10 What have you been doing about the problem?

    21. George Bush Sr. on April 24th, 2007 5:11 pm

      I would take a million Michael Moore’s if someone would please take George W. Bush!!! Cuba? France? ANYONE!!! What a moron. I’m a proud American citizen – and OUR KING HAS NO CLOTHES. What a fraud!

    22. George Bush Sr. on April 24th, 2007 5:18 pm

      In addition, do you think THIS administration, that watched Hurricane Katrina devistate New Orleans cares about America? We’re spending trillions of dollars in Iraq. Why? Anyone? We’ve CREATED a terrorist state in a country we had no business in. And killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi’s, not to mention our daily rising numbers of thousands killed and tens of thousands wounded – whom as this string proves – we will NOT take care of?! How can anyone – Republican, NeoCon nuts, et. al. continue to defend this tyrant whose whole policy is to LIE. And you people (NeoCons) are afraid to ask tough questions. It will be too late if the Democrats DONT get a backbone soon.

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