Poor Dr. Cyclops!
He isn’t diabolical!
He simply discovered a unique way to address emergency department crowding.
Shrink the patients.
The smaller the patients, the more you can fit in a room at any given time.
The movie was made in 1940 – the good doctor was 67 years ahead of his time.
By the way, Dr. Cyclops used radium to miniaturize his patients.
As we can see here, radium is restoring health to thousands!
Think about it!
Shrink your way to better health with Degnen’s Radio-Active Solar Pad.
Two forms of alternative energy!
What I don’t understand is why a radioactive device had to be “charged” via sunlight.
And for the record, this device really did exist!
It isn’t a comfortable feeling for me.
So what’s the problem?
“Sicko”. The new movie by Michael Moore.
That is the problem.
I found a single-payer health plan I can support when I found the Physicians for a National Health Program.
I was happily surprised to find that my state professional organization, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee endorsed the same plan.
On June 12, 2007 California nurses will have the opportunity to view this new movie that purports to take on the state of health care in the United States. This special preview of “Sicko” will occur in Sacramento. Michael Moore is going to testify in front of the California State Legislature.
Nurses will be bussed to Sacrament for a rally free of charge. Lunch and dinner will be provided free of charge. The movie is free of charge. The nurses who attend will get a “Sicko” scrub top free of charge.
This raises some red flags for me.
- Who is paying for this? Me, through my professional dues? Michael Moore? The company who is distributing the film? The tax payers of California?
- Why is Michael Moore testifying in front of the state legislature? Where are my nursing colleagues? Why aren’t my nursing leaders testifying? How ’bout some doctors? Why not put a few patients in front of the legislature – there are some dramatic stories on CNA/NNOC related sites.
This has all the earmarks of a publicity stunt.
And I have all the earmarks of a closed mind:
- Michael Moore and I are not on the same page. On anything.
- I have always had an issue with professionals standing in the hallways and on the steps of the state capitol shouting slogans and waving signs to make their point. I do realize that I have nursing colleagues who feel called to that style of activism. It just isn’t my style.
Normally this would not even be a cloud on my horizon, but this movie is going to stimulate an avalanche of dialogue in the medical blogosphere.
Which means I have to see the movie.
Which means I have to pay to see the movie (I won’t be going to Sacramento).
Which means I will be supporting Michael Moore.
This does not make me a happy camper.
But what if the movie is not a huge piece of political propaganda. Maybe “Sicko” will make some valid points/observations. What if Michael Moore hits the proverbial nail on the head?
Do you know how hard that will be to admit?
Maybe that’s what I’m afraid of.