Last March, filmmaker Michael Moore visited Cuba with nine first responders who had gotten sick responding to the carnage of 9/11.
His trip sets the tone for the movie Sicko.
Moore is being investigated for illegal travel to Cuba. Travel intended to show that Americans can get free health care and very inexpensive pharmaceuticals in a nation our government calls an enemy.
To me, Michael's project directly addresses the supreme irony that when it comes to taking care of our citizens -- our bravest and not- the fine-print infested rapaciousness of our pharmaceutical companies and health-care industries finds natural alliances among some of our corrupted politicians.
I have to say that some of these same politicians corrupted by campaign donations from the health-care establishment are some of the same that do not hesitate to use 9/11 to justify our ongoing presence and "surge" in Iraq.
So given the reality of our high health care costs, why not let those who are suffering go to Cuba for treatment?
I'm not a fan of the current regime, but it is plain to see that over the decades, Republicans and Democrats have performed an Electoral College political calculus that to open up to Cuba even just a bit would lose Florida. And one could say that when the Feds kicked in Elian Gonzales door during the 2000 presidential campaign cycle, that had to have cost Gore thousands of votes. And quite likely, the presidency.
But Michael Moore went to Cuba, anyway.
He went to teach us that the sacrifice of 9/11 rescue workers is trumped by our profit-obsessed health care system and the scumbag politicians who serve it without question.
Just like the same administration who begs us to "Support Our Troops" let Walter Reed happen.
Keep on speaking truth to power, Michael Moore.